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Virginia Commonwealtl-i University 

Fall 1984 








November 21: "The Challenges 
of Black Parenthood: The Unful- 
filled African Legacy," Victoria 
Pratt-Ford, coordinator, Richmond 
Community High School. Spon- 
sored by the Department of Afro- 
American Studies. Student Com- 
mons, rooms A and B, 907 Floyd 
Avenue, 1-2 pm. 


October 30, 5-7:30 pm; School 
of Business Division annual meet- 
ing, including the meeting of the 
board of directors in University Stu- 
dent Commons, room D; the Ex- 
ecutive-in-Residence Address, 
"Managerial Talent Supplies and 
National Productivity," by Dr. John 
B. Miner, one of the nation's out- 
standing academic manage- 
ment experts, in the Student Com- 
mons theatre; and o wine and 
cheese reception following the 
address in the Student Commons 
theatre lounge. 

November 2, 9 am-3 pm: Nurs- 
ing Alumni Day, including the an- 
nual meeting of the Nursing Divi- 
sion of the MCV Alumni 
Association of VCU at the Rich- 
mond Academy of Medicine, 9 
am-12:45 pm; and the Nursing 
Lectureship, "Nurses as Image 
Makers," by Angela McBride, 
Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., professor and 
chairman, graduate department 
of psychiatricmental health nurs- 
ing, Indiana University School of 
Nursing, at the Larrick Student 
Center, 1-3 pm. A reception fol- 
lows the lecture. Director of re- 
cruitment and public relations. 
School of Nursing: [804] 786-0724 

Fur infiirmauon ahuui these and uther 
alumni evtnis. amtact the VCU Alumni 
Aciivitifs Office. 828 West Frankhn 
Street. Richmund. VA 2i284-000l : 
(804) 257-1228. 


January 19: Duet concert by art- 
ists from Glenn/Lund Donee. VCU 
Dance Center, Floyd Avenue at 
Brunswick Street. General admis- 
sion: S3. Reservations: Depart- 
ment of Dance and Choreogra- 
phy, 1315 Floyd Avenue, 
Richmond, VA 23284-0001; (804) 


October 26, 27: Guess Who's 
Coming fo Dinner and The Rocky 
Horror Picture Show, VCU Regular 
Films. Student Commons theatre, 
907 Floyd Avenue, 8-10:30 pm. 
General admission: S2. 

October 28: Das Boot. VCU Al- 
ternative Film. Student Commons 
theatre, 907 Floyd Avenue, 3-7:30 
pm. General admission: S2. 


December 26, 1984-January 9, 
1985; London Theatre Tour VI, 
sponsored by the Department of 
Theatre and the Division of Con- 
tinuing Studies and Public Service. 
This sixth study tour to London will 
include the Royal Shakespeare 
Company, the National Theatre, 
and the best of West End Theatre. 
Cost is SI ,235, including airfares, 
room and board, tours of London 
and other sites, eight theatre tick- 
ets, and three VCU credits. Regis- 
tration and payment deadline is 
November 1. Contact the Depart- 
ment of Theatre at (804) 257-1514. 

December 26, 1984-January 12, 
1985: European Study Tours: Com- 
parative Study of Corrections, 
sponsored by the Department of 
Administration of Justice and Pub- 
lic Safety and the Division of Con- 
tinuing Studies and Public Service. 
Tour 1 includes visits to law en- 
forcement agencies, criminal 
courts, and corrections facilities in 
England, France, and Germany 
Tour 2 includes the England visit 
with Tour 1 and Holland and Den- 
mark. Approximate cost for each 
tour is SI ,595, including air fares, 
room and board, ground trans- 
portation, baggage and special 

fees, and three undergraduate 
VCU credits. Graduate credit is 
available at extra cost. Full pay- 
ment and registration are due by 
November 1. Contact the Depart- 
ment of Administration of Justice 
and Public Safety at (804) 257- 

To register for these trips and to find out 
about other study-abroad opportunities 
for a semester or a year, contact the In- 
ternational Studies Coordinator, Division 
o/ Continuing Studies and Public Ser- 
vice, ^01 West Franklin Street. Rich- 
mond, VA 2i220: (804) 786-0i42. 




Information Systems Education 

November 14-16: Lotus 1-2-3. 
Registration fee: S495. 

November 19-20: Assembler 
Language Programming for the 
IBM PC. Registration fee: S350. 

November 29, 30; Introduction 
to dBASEII, Registration fee: S350. 

December 6, 7: Advanced 
Wordstar Registration fee: $295. 

December 13, 14: SAS. Registra- 
tion fee: $350. 

IVIanagement Program 

November 29, 30; Improving 
Managerial Skills of the New or Pro- 
spective Supervisor Registration 
fee: $295. 

Re,^stT-ation fee includes instructional 
materials and hmch and coffee breaks; 
lodging is not included. For more infor- 
mation about the workshops and lod,^n^' 
accommodiilions. or to re^ster. contact 
the Manaj^ement Center, Sc/iool of Busi- 
ness. 1015 Find Avenue, Richmond. 
VA 23284-006l; (804) 257-1279. 


1984-85 Terrace Concert Series 

All concerts are held at the VCU 
Performing Arts Center 922 Park 
Avenue, 8 pm. The Terrace Con- 
cert Series is sponsored by the 
Department of Music, School of 
the Arts, and the John F. Kennedy 
Center for the Performing Arts. The 
series is supported by the CSX 

November 14: Leonard Rose, 

Continental Classics: 
Live from VCU 

A simulcast production over pub- 
lic television and public radio 
throughout Virginia, live from 
the VCU Performing Arts 
Center 8 pm. 

November 10: Jazz Orchestra I 

December 1: VCU Symphonic 

January 19: VCU Symphony Or- 
chestra and Choral Arts Society 

Conducted Ensemble 

VCU Performing Arts Center 
8 pm 

October 27: Choral Group 

November 4; VCU Symphony 

November 9: Collegium 


November 10: Jazz Orchestra I 
(simulcast production) 

November 16: VCU Symphony 

November 30: Choral Arts 

December 1; Symphonic Band 

December 7, 8: Choral Group 

December 15: Madrigalists 

For tickets and more injormatiort about 
these and <jther concerts, contact the De- 
partment of Music, School of the Arts, 
922 Park Avenue, Richmimd, VA 
23284-0001; (804)257-6046. 

Volume 13, Number 2 

Fall 1984 

A publication for alumni and friends of 

Virginia Commonwealth University 

Each issue of VCU Magazine 
details only a few of the interest- 
ing aspects of Virginia Common- 
wealth University. The opinions ex- 
pressed in VCU Magazine are 
those of the author and are not 
necessarily those of VCU, 

Located in Virginia's capital 
city, Richmond, VCU traces its 
founding date to 1838. Today, 
VCU is the third largest state- 
aided university in Virginia and 
enrolls nearly 20,000 students on 
the Academic and Medical 
College of Virginia Campuses. 

VCU Magazine is produced 
three times a year by VCU 

Copyright c 1984 by Virginia 
Commonwealth University 



Ar Equal Opparlunily/Atlirmative Action University 

Limited Edition Discourse 

Liberal arts and life after 



Seventeen humanities and sciences alumni describe their 
experiences in life after college and how their degrees were a 
factor in their efforts to launch a career Also, a review of recent 
studies reveals how employers assess the merits of a liberal arts 
education in developing attributes they consider crucial to 
career success. 

The quiet success of liver 

The beginning was tentative, but 1984 has seen specialists at 
MCV Hospitals usher in a successful liver transplant program. 

The John L. Clark Collection 
of Jazz Recordings 

A Richmond businessman recently donated 4.500 78-rpm jazz 
recordings to the James Branch Cabell Library, making the 
Cabell jazz collection one of the most extensive in Virginia. 

Male-male bonding and the 
communal spirit 

A student of literature examines select works by writers who 
explore male-male bonding as a sometimes painful process 
toward self-integration. 

University in the News 
Research Exchange 
Alumni Update 





Elaine Jones, editor 
Scott Wright, art director 
Mary Catherine Dunn, copy 

David Mathis, director of VCU 







It is without shame that editors secure wluit 
they regard desirable copy by whatever 
means necessary. In some cases, this 
stretches the reasonable bounds of a manu- 
script's connection with the publishing 
university, its faculty, or its alumrii. 

Consider, if you will. Exhibit I: A 
manuscript appears in the morning mail 
(very similar, for instance, to the one that 
follows) that we felt had to be published in 
the VCU Magazine. But how and why; 
what's the VCU association? There being 
no obvious connection between VCU and 
Hugh Sidey's commencement address at 
Hampden-Sydney College, we went to 

Exhibit U: VCU's founding date of 1838 
reflects the year when our Medical College 
of Virginia was created as the medical 
department of Hampden-Sydney, a relation- 
ship that was enjoyed for some 1 6 years 
before MCV gained independence. 

Well, the association may indeed be 
weak; the address is anything but. Then 
again, in Virginia the past is never too 
distant. D.M. 

Permission to reprint Hugh Sidey's com- 
mencement address granted by Hugh Sidey 
and the 1 984 Commencement Committee 
of Hampden-Sydney College. 

Commencennent address by 
Hugh Sidey 

Washington Contributing Editor 
Time IVlagazine 
Hannpden-Sydney College 
May 6, 1984 

ou would at this 
time of such 
beauty and exuber- 
ance and achieve- 
ment be forgiven if 
you did not pay 
strict attention to 
the events of re- 
cent days along 
The Great Wall of China. The principal 
one, of course, was a visit by President 
Ronald Reagan. He stood on that great 
symbol of man's technical prowess and 
his spiritual failings — it was a device to 
keep the world out — and marveled at 
the scene. I doubt, however, no matter 
how many minutes of nighttime televi- 
sion were devoted to this event, if many 
of you can remember what Reagan said. 
I cannot, and it is my business to know. 
I read it but his statement was one of 
those without meaning that presidents 
use to fill awkward pauses, and it passed 
off into the mists of history. 

I do, however, recall vividly what 
Richard Nixon said when he came down 
off The Great Wall in 1972. He eyed the 
microphone held out by Barbara Walters 
and he thought a second. Then he said 
something to this effect: "A great wall is 
a great wall." It is obvious he should 
have thought more than a second or 
summoned one of those speech writers 
who follow presidents. Yet, I remember 
that line vividly. So do others. It is 
humorous. It happens to be both accu- 
rate and honest. That line was a burst ot 
mirth in a time of awesome gravity. It 
brought us back to earth. I doubt that 
Richard Nixon meant to be funny and, 
yet, as I recall the look in his eye on 

that February day of 1972, he did get a 
wry chuckle out ot his own absurdity. 

Reviewing the recent record of the 
Reagan trip, I am struck by the fact that 
the statement which comes to mind first 
is about eggs. Towards the end of the 
Reagan journey he told his Chinese 
hosts that as usual the Soviet publication 
Tass had done a bad job of reporting his 
Chinese adventure. Tass claimed that he 
had not been able to use the chopsticks 
properly and had failed to pick up the 
pigeon eggs served him. Not so, insisted 
Reagan. They were quail eggs and he 
succeeded on the second try. 

That was a good chuckle and we 
remember it. More than that, those few 
words give us a candid snapshot of the 
man and his mission. Here is a big 
friendly American launched into a 
strong and what used to be hostile 
world, and he is trying to make sense 
out of it. That indeed is what the 
Reagan China trip was all about. 

How nice when we laugh in this 
world! How unusual when men and 
women of high position and immense 
power let loose small glints of laughter, 
sense the absurdities of civilization as 
well as the perils, see the triumph of 
grace and joy as well as the despair. I 
have never weighed it or worked out a 
formula hut I suspect that the natural 
universe comes with just as much fun 
and good humor as it does with sadness 
and discouragement. We are the ones 
who fail to take advantage of the former 
and seem too determined to immerse 
ourselves in the latter. 

Since it is the right and duty of a 
commencement speaker to challenge the 
class he addresses, I do so. Let me 
declare here and now that the obligation 
of the Class of 1984 is to search for, 
rediscover, and reinstate the national 
sense of humor. Actually, I do not think 
it has vanished totally and it may he 
easier to find some in a year which is not 
a presidential election year. The U. S. 

sense of humor has been mislaid. It 
desperately needs to be lifted out of the 
dust bin, brushed off, and put back into 
service. Reagan is trying but he needs 

Everything seems to work a little 
better when we laugh, and that is true in 
the high places as well as the low. 

One of the salient traits of Abraham 
Lincoln, who bore the greatest burden of 
our two centuries, was his humor. It 
never deserted him. Many were critical 
that Lincoln would tell a story or roar 
with laughter at times which often 
seemed inappropriate. Lincoln answered 
that without the freedom to laugh he 
would surely lose his mind because of the 
anguish of that dreadful war. 

Theodore Roosevelt did not have such 
a war burden to carry. (He rather regret- 
ted it, or so it seemed. He once said 
about the Spanish-American War, in 
which he achieved immortality by his 
charge up San Juan Hill, that it was not 
much of a war, but it was the only one 
we had just then.) He could laugh at 
events and at himself, that rarest of gifts. 
Once some busy-bodies complained 
about his irrepressible daughter, Alice. 
She had thumbed her nose at some 
visitors on the front lawn of the White 
House and that left proper society 
aghast. "Look," he told the people 
complaining. "I can either manage Alice 
or run the country, but 1 cannot do 

When we try to analyze humor and 
where it comes from we have heavy 
going. Philosophers and writers have 
been working away at such insight and 
all ot them get a glimpse or two; but 
none understands the full measure of 
laughter. I rather prefer what our own 
Charles Chaplin had to say about hu- 
mor. He was a master of it. "Humor is a 
kind of gentle and benevolent custodian 
of the mind," he said, "which prevents 
us from being overwhelmed by the 
apparent seriousness ot lite." 

Clifton Fadiman, an American of 
wide knowledge, once added another 
dimension. He suggested that humor 
proceeded from a wistful affection for the 
human race. I like that thought too. 
William Shawn, the current editor ot 
The New Yorker magazine, worried a few 
years ago about young people because 
they did not seem to be laughing 
enough. Shawn went further. Laughter, 
he said, takes time and it takes thought. 

1 suspect that idea is closest to the truth 
about humor. 

On the day before Secretary of State 
Henry Kissinger was to leave his lovely 
office high above the Potomac River 
and, worse, give up the power that he 
relished, I asked him what characteristic 
had made him successful in his global 
negotiations. He thought a minute and 
professed modesty but soon abandoned 
that. Then he said, "I guess I would 
have to say, in all seriousness, my sense 
of humor." He explained a little further 
by evoking the image of Prince Otto 
Von Bismarck, the founder of the Ger- 
man Empire. Despite Bismarck's public 
arrogance and confidence, said Kissinger, 
the iron chancellor in private under- 
stood that he was but a speck of dust on 
the giant stage and he could be swept 
away by nightfall. The prince found that 
amusing. And Kissinger's own view ot 
this world was similar. He had no doubts 
of his splendid talents. But he could 
sense the ironies and absurdities of his 
efforts and those events in the world. 

Kissinger was constantly trying to 
relieve tedious negotiations with a 
laugh. During the 1974 Summit Meeting 
in Moscow, the American Xerox ma- 
chines broke down. Kissinger ap- 
proached the somber Andrei Gromyko 
and with a sly look on his face asked, "It 
we hold our documents up to the chan- 
deliers in our bedrooms, will your hidden 
cameras take pictures so we can get 
copies?" Gromyko, one of the few 
Soviets with a Western sense of humor, 
replied, "No, I'm sorry, those cameras 
were installed by the Tsars and they are 
good for naked people but not tor 

While it is fun to note those great 
figures who could laugh, there were 
others who could not. The usher in the 
White House during the tragic years ot 
Herbert Hoover wrote later that he 
never heard Hoover laugh out loud tor 
tour long years. I recall that Lyndon 
Johnson did not have what we could 
rightly call a sense of humor. He told 
wonderful stories and they made you 
laugh until your sides ached. But he 
never laughed at himself. He was too 
insecure. He was always fretting about 
his Texas accent or his clothes or wt)rry- 
ing because he did not have a Har\ard 
education. Doubts ultimately drove him 
trom office because he so teared humilia- 
tion in the 1968 election. He preferred 
to retire on his own. 

Harry Truman, a dirt farmer who 
went no further than high school, had 
no such hangups. He thought his prairie 
upbringing was a special grace. He did 
not scorn a Harvard degree, nor did 
he envy one. His administration was 
filled with good laughter, jokes about 
himself, and the puncturing of the self- 

So was John Kennedy's time in the 
White House. I will never forget stand- 
ing in front of Kennedy's Georgetown 
home in the cold of January 1961 as he 
formed his government. When he 
announced that he was naming his 
brother Bobby Kennedy to be his Attor- 
ney General, a controversial move to say 
the least, he said deadpan, "I see noth- 
ing wrong with giving Robert some legal 
experience before he goes out to practice 

There are, of course, many successful 
men and women in this world who do 
not have what we would call a very 
highly developed sense of humor. Yet, 
my random check suggests that those 
who do are in the majority and they 
leave a richer legacy. A recent survey by 
historians listed our greatest presidents 
in this order: Lincoln, Franklin 
Roosevelt, Washington, and Jefferson. 
The first two had deep, robust humor. 
The second two had a wry eye even 
under their powdered wigs and are 
judged by their biographers to be men of 
good humor. 

By this time you know the end of this 
speech. If you do not, then your parents 
have wasted a lot of money. Humor, like 
virtually every other human virtue, rests 
on something deeper. Humor is a mani- 
festation of character. The ability to 
laugh comes from curiosity, from knowl- 
edge, trom understanding. It comes from 
a sense of proportion, trom knowing 
oneself, from confidence. Humor comes 
from caring enough to think and feel. 
Humor is forebearance and forgiveness. 
Humor is love. 

You go out now and find again the 
American sense of humor. Journey 
through this life with it as a companion. 
Let good, healthy laughter be a gift ot 
the Class of 1984. 

On this splendid morning, I wish you 
long lite and much, much laughter. S 





The College of Humanities and Sciences 
enroled 4,252 students last fall who ma- 
jored in one of 16 degree programs. College 
faculty teach 48 percent of the university's 
undergraduate courses. In terms of gradu- 
ates, the college ranks second only to the 
School of Business: during the university's 
I6th annual commencement this past May, 
739 business and 550 humanities and 
sciences candidates received degrees of the 
more than 3,200 awarded. And the VCU 
Alumni Activities Office records 6, 680 
humanities and sciences alumiu since 1968, 
the year Richmond Professional htstitute 
was merged with MCV to form VCU. 

These statistics indicate that humanities 
and sciences, of course, are not in serious 
trouble. But certain portions of the college 
are disappearing: this past summer, the 
State Council of Higher Education for 
Virginia (SCHEV) approved an institu- 
tumal decision to discontinue the B. A. 
degree in comparative and general literature, 
while the status of the bachelor's degrees in 
French and in foreign languages is in 
limh) — tf) be kept or cut — pending a report 
of the SCHEV Tasic Force on Modern 
Languages due later this year. 

What seems a relevant question regarding 
the health of the liberal arts curriculum in 
whether today's liberal arts training prepares 
.students for today's world. Hoiv are VCU 
humanities and sciences alumni jaring in life 
after college! Pauline Mason (B. A. En- 
glish, ] 976) , vice-president for communica- 
tiims and marketing at the Richmond Metro 
Chamber of Commerce and a director in the 
Humanities and Sciences Division of the 
VCU Alumni Association, interi'iewed 17 
humanities and sciences alumni to find out. 
Some alumni ended up in careers related to 
their degrees; some nurtured a dream for a 
non-liberal arts vocation while pursuing a 
liberal arts education; and others faced some 
soul-searching after graduation to decide 
what to do, how best to get there, and what, 
from their liberal arts training, could be 
salvaged. Their experiences follow. 

Philip Caster 

(political science, 1978) 

"As a college student in 1978, I didn't 
know what I wanted to do," admits 
Philip Caster, a 1978 political science 
graduate. "I knew that I wanted to work 
in foreign affairs — the State Department 
or the CIA — so a year before graduating, 
1 inquired about application procedures." 

Caster spent four years in the Air 
Force before attending VCU on the GI 
Bill. Taking 15 credit hours one summer 
and 2 1 credit hours each semester. 
Caster, anxious to enter the job market, 
prepared for a job in foreign affairs by 
enrolling in additional Spanish courses 
following graduation. 

Caster joined the CIA in 1980, and 
he currently holds a two-year assignment 
as an assistant duty officer in the White 
House Situation Room. "I'm involved 
with information processing. 1 make sure 
that policymakers have available the 
pertinent international information 
necessary for critical decisions." Con- 

cerning the relevance ot a liberal arts 
education, Caster notes that "such an 
education equipped me with the proper 
background to comprehend the nuances 
of foreign affairs, international relations, 
and strategic interests." 

Mark Rissi 

(history, 1969) 

Mark Rissi's career illustrates the flexibil- 
ity of the liberal arts degree: he uses the 
degree not to the absolute letter but 
extracts from the discipline critical 
research and communication skills. An 
independent film director in Zurich and 
a principal in three film companies, Rissi 
graduated from VCU in 1969 with a 
degree in history. "I really valued the 
range of complementing courses offered 
at VCU, such as art history, photogra- 
phy, and filmmaking." 

After graduation from VCU, Rissi 
went to Europe where, for six years, he 
worked various jobs — the most notable 
being his researching, reporting, and 
directing for Vis-News, an international 
news service headquartered in London. 

In 1975, he founded Logos-Films, Ltd. 
Since then, he has produced three 
movies and several docufilms, including 
work for the National Geographic 
Society; and he has won 26 interna- 
tional awards, among them two silver 
medals from the New York International 
Film Festival. 

Cognizant of the value of a liberal arts 
education, Rissi comments: "My history 
degree has helped me inasmuch as I'm 
an investigative filmmaker. To know 
history is to understand people and 

Magaretta Claggett Cziglan 

(philosophy and rdiffous studies, 1979) 

After taking a couple of accounting 
courses during her freshman year in 
1976, Magaretta Claggett Cziglan dis- 
covered that she and accounting "just 
didn't get along." Wanting a broad-based 
education, something she felt to be less 
constricting than accounting, Cziglan 
chose to pursue a degree in philosophy 
and religious studies. 

While she was a student, however, 
Cziglan worked part-time as a salesper- 
son at Thalhimers. That on-the-job 
traming developed into a permanent 
position after graduation in 1979. From 
her first job as a clerical aide in the 
human resources department evolved 
her current position as the benefits 
administrator, assuming responsibility for 
all of Thalhimers' 6,000 employees. 

Hugh Taylor Cole 

(history, 1970) 

A corporate pilot for Universal Leaf and 
a fighter pilot for the Virginia Air Na- 
tional Guard, Hugh Taylor Cole III 

graduated from VCU in 1970 with a 
degree in history. Cole, now a captain, 
joined the Virginia National Guard in 
1970 while a student at VCU. 

After pilot training in 1971 and active 
duty in 1972, he picked up a job flying a 
private charter in 1973, and in 1977 he 
assumed a full-time position with Uni- 
versal Leaf as a corporate pilot. 

The relationship of his career to his 
undergraduate degree "really goes back 
to wanting to fly." He wanted to enter 
the Air Force, and a degree was a mini- 
mum requirement for becoming an 

Sharon Skeeter 

(psychology, 1979) 

Sharon Skeeter, a 1979 graduate with a 
degree in psychology, currently serves as 
director of Willow Oaks, an alcohol 
treatment center in Cumberland 
County, Virginia. During her last semes- 
ter at VCU, Skeeter reports that she 
worked the night shift at Richmond 
Metropolitan Hospital in the psychiatric 
ward. She became a counselor at Willow 
Oaks in 1981, moving into the director's 
position in January 1984. 

Since fall 1983, Skeeter has been 
pursuing a master's degree in social work 
at VCU, a decision that evolved from 
the progress of her career. 

Patricia Geerdes 

(philosophy, 1978) 

Wearing the black robes of a minister, 
Reverend Patricia Geerdes recognizes 
the benefits of the liberal arts education. 
Although she majored in philosophy — a 
formal degree in religious studies was not 
offered until the year after she gradu- 
ated — she spent a portion of her time 
studying drama. "I took a course in salon 
drama, the staging of playlets. That 
theatrical training certainly prepares you 
for work in the church." 

Geerdes received her doctorate from 
Union Theological Seminary in May 
1983. And after two years of intern 
work at Christ Ascension Episcopal 
Church, Richmond, she became the 
assistant curate. On June 1, she became 
vicar of the Church of Our Savior, 
making her one of the fewer than 50 
women in the United States who has her 
own Episcopal congregation. 

John Moore 

(English, 1973) 

Although originally intending to major 
in biology, John Moore decided to major 
in English when he attended VCU — the 
result of voracious reading habits devel- 
oped while in the Army. "I just read 
everything 1 could that was literature," 
Moore comments succinctly, referring to 
his active duty in 1967. 

Eventually, an interest in reading 
developed into an interest in books as 
artifacts, and he became a bookbinder. 
Realizing equally the importance of the 
liberal arts and of manual skills, Moore 
suggests a different approach to the 
liberal arts education: "If I were going to 
improve the curriculum, I'd encourage 
students to develop manual skills, and 
I'd encourage increased interaction 
between the School of the Arts and the 
College of Humanities and Sciences." 

Resident manager for a group home of 
mentally retarded adults, Moore also 
works as a bookbinder out of his home. 
Money earned from this work supple- 
ments his income from the Hanover 
County Community Services Board. 
Moore's expertise as a bookbinder was 
featured in "Living Today" (Richmond 
Times-Dispatch, December 28, 1983), 
where he noted that, as the book be- 
comes less crucial as a medium of educa- 
tion, it becomes more urgent to preserve 
it as a means of self-expression and a 
record of the culture. 

Donna Sanford 

(history, 1969) 

A history graduate in 1969, Donna 
Sanford is currently the program man- 
ager for WCVE-TV (Channel 23) in 
Richmond. The initial job offer came 
during her tour with a children's theater 
group — an extra-curricular activity. In 
the spring of her senior year, she acted 
in a television series at Channel 23. 
Mentioning that the Channel 23 
production manager offered her a job 
during her visit, she professes that her 
career began by "being in the right place 
at the right time." Sanford adds, "I think 
that the history degree provided me with 
various skills, but 1 really didn't know 
how to market them." 

Jerry Green 

(chemistry. 1977) 

"My job," Jerry Green explains, "is to 
synthesize new, novel drugs — ones never 
before chemically made. My quota; to 
produce one novel drug per week." 
Working for A. H. Robins as a chemist. 
Green graduated from VCU in 1977 
with a degree in chemistry. 

While working for Planters Peanuts in 
Suffolk just after graduation. Green 
received the big call from the head of 
the chemistry division of A. H. Robins. 
Green, who teaches lab at VCU part- 
time, comments on his interest in the 
university: "I really liked the openness of 
VCU. I felt comfortable in VCU's casual 
yet productive atmosphere comprised of 
diverse individuals." 

Lenore Lohnnann 

(French, 1971) 

For the six years following graduation in 
1971, Lenore Lohmann worked as a 
secretary and as a manager in a restau- 
rant; she even went to graduate school. 
Then, with a degree in French, she 
applied for work at the VCU library. 
Although VCU had no openings, people 
there knew of a position at the Union 
Theological Seminary library. A phone 
call from Union's Dr. John Trotti led to 

a job, and she has been working there 
since 1978. 

As the head of the department of 
acquisitions, Lohmann primarily pur- 
chases French and German books. 
Explaining Trotti's interest in her, 
Lohmann concludes: "1 had a little 
background in German, in addition to 
the French, and that's why he hired 
me." Being able to communicate in 
French, for example, allows her to deal 
effectively with French publishers. 

Lohmann regrets that she minored in 
English and not in mass communica- 
tions, though she would still major in 
French. "In fact," she says, "I'm thinking 
of returning to school to do just that. 
I'm not sure what I'd do with it, but it is 
just something I've always wanted to 

Roy Lynn Ammons 

(hist()r:v, 1979) 

Even though Roy Lynn Ammons gradu- 
ated with a history degree in 1979, he 
confesses that he "really didn't use the 
history degree as such." Ammons adds, 
"I minored in French and I took several 
courses in Middle Eastern archaeology." 

Although firmly committed to obtain- 
ing a liberal arts education, Ammons 
vacillated on his choice of a major. A 
music major his first year, he eventually 
switched to French education; and 
during his junior year, he decided on 
history: "I settled on history because I'd 
been in school for five years, and history 
seemed the logical choice since I'd 
accumulated so many courses in that 

Today, Ammons works with the U.S. 
Department of Defense as an Arabic 
language specialist. Before joining the 
defense department in 1984, he served 
four years in the Army, where he re- 
ceived training in Arabic. 


A, V iJ 

Gore (left) with Senator John Russell of 
Fanjax. Virginia. 

Chadwick Gore 

{political science, 1976) 

Chadwick Gore, a 1976 political science 
major, prefers college the second time 
around. Having abandoned his formal 
education after a 1971-74 stint at Wil- 
liam and Mary, Gore eyed an opportu- 
nity: "1 had a business opportunity, and 1 
frankly didn't want to attend school 
anymore." 'When the venture failed — a 
restaurant in Richmond — Gore decided 
to enroll in VCU, waiting tables at the 
Hyatt HoLise at night. 

His political science degree combined 
with his business experience secured him 
a position on the field staff of the Repub- 
lican National Committee in 1976, a job 
that catapulted him into the political 
arena; he worked as an analyst with the 
Federal Election Commission and then 
as a member of a political action com- 
mittee. In March 1981, Gore joined Pac 
Researchers in Arlington, where he is 

John Priddy 

(ps^choh}g\ and religious studies, 1980) 

John Priddy entered the University of 
Virginia in 1974 "with no specific career 
objectives in mind; 1 had no intentions 
of pursuing either law school or politics." 
After successfully completing his first 

year of general studies, Priddy took off a 
year, frustrated and needing time to 
think about the future. 

In fall 1976, he entered VCU to 
prepare for the ministry, and in 1980 he 
graduated with a degree in psychology 
and religious studies. "One of my plea- 
sures as a member of my church staff 
included visiting our church members in 
the hospital," Priddy said. So after 
graduating, he returned to school to take 
courses that would prepare him for 
applying to Eastern Virginia Medical 
School. He began classes there in July 
1983. With his wife, who has a degree in 
social work from VCU, Priddy would 
eventually like them to work as a team 
in a mission setting. 

Rebecca Moak El-Sabban 

(English, 1973) 

Although Rebecca Moak El-Sabban 
graduated with an English degree in 
1973, she had enough education courses 
to get a library science certification. As 
El-Sabban carefully distinguishes, "the 
library science was to help me get a job, 
and the English was pure enjoyment." 
Interestingly, the library science certifi- 
cation did get her a job at the Learning 
Resource Center in the School of 

Learning resource work lured her into 
graduate school, where she earned her 
master's degree in education in 1976. 
While serving as coordinator of the 
university's Adult Learning Center on 
the MCV Campus, El-Sabban teaches 
English as a second language as well as 
reading, writing, and math to university 
employees working on their Graduate 
Equivalency Diplomas. 


Melinda Cutchin Pedroso 

(English, 1971) 

Elsie Cutchin 

CEnglis/i, 1972) 

Ironically, while Melinda Cutchin 
Pedroso received her English degree in 
1971, her mother, Elsie Cutchin, 
worked on the same degree, which she 
received in 1972. Pedroso, the coordina- 
tor of permits at VEPCO, writes permit 
applications to the State Corporation 
Commission and to other agencies. She 
also proofreads and edits technical 
documents rather extensively. 

With three-year's credit toward her 
B.S. in science at William and Mary, 
Elsie Cutchm was in the process of 
transferring from the William and Mary 
extension, RPl, to Williamshurg in 1933 
when the banks failed. As she recalls, 
"The banks closed, and I couldn't get my 
money in time for my last year in school. 
There were no student loans at the 

Much time had passed since studying 
science, so Cutchin decided in 1967 to 
return to school and major in English. 
During the 34-year interim, Cutchin 
worked as wardrobe mistress for the I 

Richmond ballet and in the costume 
department for the Department of 
Recreation and Parks in Richmond. 
Although now retired, she teaches art at 
Pinecamp one day a week — a reduced 
load since she began teaching art for the 
city in the early '60s. 

Why did she decide to finish her 
education after such an extended hiatus? 
"1 like to finish whatever I start," she 

Michael Kirby 

(English, J 968) 

Michael Kirby made a dramatic change 
in his educational goal in 1963. He was 
at that time enrolled in a mechanical 
engineering program. "At the end of my 
second year, I decided 1 wasn't going to 
be a hot-shot engineer. My advisor in 
engineering gave me some very good 
advice; 'If you're in a course of study that 
you enjoy,' he said, 'you'll be successful. 
Any company will train you. If you 
prove that you can learn, you can be 

In 1968, Kirby graduated with a 
bachelor's degree in English from VCU. 
He is now a quality control engineer at 
Philip Morris, where he worked while a 
student at VCU. 

"The English degree gives me the edge 
on those who were technically trained," 
Kirby observes. "Part of success on the 
job depends on how well you can 
communicate." CS 

Photographs o/ Rissi, Cole, Moore, Am- 
mons, and Gore couriay of Pauline 

Other photo,i^aphy by Chip Mitchell. 

By David Mathis and Elaine Jones 

Liberal arts students may ask themselves, 
"What is the value of my degree in the 
marketplace?" Employers, however, 
might encourage students to ask, in- 
stead, "How should my college experi- 
ence be preparing me for a career, 
regardless of my major?" 

Are liberal arts curricula and students 
in trouble? Not specifically, according to 
recent studies surveying chief executive 
officers, presidents, and vice-presidents; 
but general education requirements 
could be. One study was completed in 
1983 by Russell G. Warren of the Uni- 
versity of Montevallo and published as 
"New Links Between General Education 
and Business Careers." 

Warren surveyed executives from over 
600 businesses across the nation with 
1,000 or more employees to determine 
attributes they consider essential to 
career success. Though Warren surveyed 
only business employers, he concluded 
that the results were broad enough to 
apply to almost any career in govern- 
ment and education, as well as business. 

Warren wanted to find out if employ- 
ers really look for the applicant with 
good communication and interpersonal 
skills, as well as analytical ability. He 
further examined the assumption that 
liberal arts graduates have an advantage 
in careers, by virtue of their general 
education, over the technically and 
professionally trained. 

Jean Yerian, director of VCU's Career 
Planning and Placement, provides a 
context for Warren's findings by citing a 
Bell System study conducted in the '70s. 
Surveyors tracked the progress of Bell's 
technical and liberal arts applicants to 
see how they started out and where they 
ended up. The Bell study, says Yerian, 
found that the technically-trained 
graduates were often hired over liberal 
arts graduates. Further, among those 
hired, the technically-trained enjoyed 

higher entry- level salaries than appli- 
cants with liberal arts degrees. 

But, explains Yerian, the Bell study 
found that those with liberal arts back- 
grounds who were provided with training 
programs advanced more swiftly and 
higher up the promotional ladder than 
did technically-trained employees. The 
Bell surveyors concluded that the liberal 
arts major came equipped with flexibility 
to develop with the expanding responsi- 
bilities of upper-level management. 
Those with technical or specialized 
backgrounds often only advanced so far 
before falling behind on qualities neces- 
sary to fulfill the demands of higher 
positions — qualities Bell expected col- 
leges to provide. 

Warren has found that employers are 
still looking in the '80s for the broadly 
educated to fill their management posi- 
tions. Yerian agrees that once liberal arts 
graduates can get their foot in the door, 
they find they can use their education to 
its best advantage and look forward to 
probable promotions. 

But there are also some misconcep- 
tions in this assumption about the value 
of the liberal arts degree, which the 
Warren study and Yerian point out. 

Warren discovered that, despite the 
belief that liberal arts graduates may be 
ultimately suited for promotion, in fact 
many employers do not seek the liberal 
arts graduate. Yerian likewise indicates 
that when business employers pre-screen 
potential employees among VCU's 
students, they usually ask to see business 
majors. When liberal arts students are 
sought, they are included in a request to 
see "all majors." 

Warren asked his survey respondents 
to rank attributes they considered essen- 
tial in business. Getting along with 
others, reasoning ability, verbal and 
written communication skills, willing- 
ness to assume responsibility, and self- 
assurance were cited as being very 
important. Freedom from racial, ethnic, 
or socio-economic prejudice; ability to 
apply basic mathematics to problem 
solving; appearance; skills of persuasion; 
committment to the principles of free 
enterprise; understanding computers; 
and public speaking fell in the mid-range 
in respondents' ratings of very important 
attributes. Ability to perform research, 
general knowledge of science and tech- 
nology, and active involvement in the 
community or politics were low on the 

scale. Less than 14 percent of the re- 
spondents felt awareness of foreign 
cultures was very important; likewise, 
less than 1 percent felt that knowledge 
of one or more foreign languages was 
very important for career success. 

Many of the Warren survey respon- 
dents concluded that improvement was 
needed among their college-educated 
employees in several areas: written and 
verbal communication skills, the ability 
to identify and formulate a problem, and 
reasoning ability. These traits are tradi- 
tionally the strengths of the liberal arts 
education. Education, then, is not 
meeting its traditional goals, according 
to the findings of Warren. 

One problem Yerian sees in many 
VCU humanities and sciences majors is 
their inability to identify the marketable 
skills they do possess. Career planning 
and placement staff help students dis- 
cover what they can do and suggest ways 
to help them acquire the immediately 
usable skills they lack. "We are in an 
economy where competition is stiff for 
any position," says Yerian. 

"We also see universities creating 
more specialized degrees. In the late '60s 
there were fewer college graduates and 
fewer of those with special or profes- 
sional degrees. Employers had to have 
training programs to educate the gradu- 
ates available, most of whom had liberal 
arts backgrounds. Today there are more 
potential employees with a college 
education; more of them have taken 
advantage of the virtual bloom of profes- 
sional and special degree programs." 

Yerian says that employers, with the 
notable exception of banks, offer fewer 
entry-level training programs today; 
instead, they pick and choose among a 
pool of applicants with technical train- 
ing. "Again," she reiterates, "the entry- 
level position often requires the more 
technical skills, an area where liberal 
arts majors have difficulty." 

Yerian reinforces one finding of the 
Warren study: she believes acquiring 
immediately usable skills during the 

educational process is one of the most 
important goals liberal arts students can 
pursue if they are to enjoy success in 
landing a job after college. "Degrees 
don't get jobs. People do, if they can 
market themselves." 

Yerian would encourage humanities 
and sciences students to stick with their 
plans to study in their chosen major. 
Finding a job, she insists, does not mean 
sacrificing personal educational dreams if 
those dreams are best met by a liberal 
arts program. But she would ask students 
not to sacrifice opportunities to expand 
their chances for employment after 
college. Cooperative education, intern- 
ships and externships — even working for 
a relative's company during summer 
break — will help students acquire experi- 
ences during college that future employ- 
ers will appreciate. 

Another misconception is that the 
liberal arts graduate and well-rounded- 
ness of personality suited to career 
success are complementary. In fact, 
according to Warren, many business 
executives believe just the opposite. H. 
Bradley Sagan in Current Issues in Higher 
Education (American Association of 
Higher Education) noted that "the irony 
of the current situation is that a signifi- 
cant number of employers view liberal 
arts education as narrowly specialized 
and perceive graduates of professional 
degree programs, such as business, as 
having broader competencies than 
liberal arts graduates." 

What employers wish, according to 
Warren's finding, is that their college- 
educated employees, no matter what the 
background, had received a better 
general education. Ernest L. Boyer, 
president of the Carnegie Foundation for 
the Advancement of Teaching, has 
announced plans of a study this Septem- 
ber to determine where American higher 
education is falling short in educating its 
students. The study, "College: A Report 
on Undergraduate Education in Amer- 
ica," is expected to be published in 
1986. According to foundation officials, 
many college students, no matter what 
the major, get diplomas without getting 
an education, leaving school ill-in- 
formed, parochial, and lacking historical 
.perspective and good work habits. 

One business manager complains that 
college administrators seem to have 


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forgotten the value of a liberal arts 
education, not as a sole pursuit, but as a 
base for any educational experience. 
One plan offered by an executive sug- 
gests that college administrators consider 
offering more post-undergraduate train- 
ing in a specialty, leaving undergraduate 
training exclusively to general education 
and even requiring undergraduates to 
spend less time completing the under- 
graduate portion of their education if a 
career in business is their goal. 

The message, however, is clear: liberal 
arts alone will not ensure career success. 

But many employers also look askance 
at the creation of more specialty degree 
programs, according to Warren and 
Sagan. In the same AAHE report, W. 
Ed Whitelaw tells of a student in chemi- 
cal engineering in the late '70s who 
looked confidently to the day when he 
would graduate and launch a successful 
career. When it came time to talk to 
recruiters, the student found no oppor- 
tunities in chemical engineering; plenty 
of students in electrical engineering and 
computer science, however, were inter- 
viewing with recruiters. The demand for 
chemical engineers had dropped while 
the student was in college because the 
nation's oil and chemical companies 
were trying to cope with losses in a 
sustained downturn. Says Whitelaw: 
". . .by the time [college administrators] 
have produced their first generation of 
perfectly trained and certified button- 
hole-design engineers, zippers are back 
in style." 

Whitelaw does not advocate that 
students all decide to major in French or 
history instead of engineering or infor- 
mation systems, but he urges those who 
want a liberal arts degree to keep in 
mind a few facts: liberal arts offer sub- 
jects learned for their own sakes and are 
the most effective means of achieving 
personal goals such as self-fulfillment, 
self-cultivation, and awareness of one's 
world. Sagan, Warren, and Yerian 
suggest that liberal arts and vocational 
pursuits need not be mutually-exclu- 
sive — but the caveat is that liberal arts 

training alone does not assure graduates 
success in a career, while technical 
training alone does not guarantee pro- 
motion to upper management. 

Few educators and executives differ on 
the need tor broad skills, notes Warren, 
but because students are increasingly 
required to serve the demands of profes- 
sional accreditation and state certifica- 
tion agencies, fewer academic hours are 
available to them for a broad education: 
"Too often the power of the [external] 
agency has caused the general education 
program to yield to specialization." 
Warren recommends that employers 
consider bringing back on-the-job 
training and education programs: "Col- 
leges and universities should stop seeing 
employer education programs as a threat 
and think instead of the employer as an 
educational partner which is well suited 
to teaching specialized skills." 

Few college courses deal directly with 
a group of attributes known as "behav- 
ioral skills" (interpersonal skills, sense of 
responsibility, the ability to adapt to 
change, self-assurance, independence, 
and even appearance) according to 
Warren. Student aftairs staffs — and 
experiences tor students, such as residing 
on campus — can help to develop such 
skills, but these resources are too 

It is almost commonplace, cites 
Warren, that success in college, as 
measured by grades, shows little relation 
to success after college. The abilities and 
qualities of mind commonly given as the 
goals of liberal education — which do 
seem related to tuture success — bear 
little relation to expected behavior of 
students in the typical classroom, during 
which the student is "normally passive, 
dependent, rigid, and noninteractive." 

Both Whitelaw and Sagan urge col- 
lege administrators to come up with 
better systems in academic departments 
of advising liberal arts students and not 
rely so heavily on placement counseling 
to solve students' employment dilemmas. 
"Too many students," says Yerian, "come 
to us in their junior and senior years in a 
panic or simply frustrated." 

In the AAHE report, David R. Hiley 
notes that some faculty, however, are ill- 
equipped to advise students in many 
areas of life, including choice of career. 

Says Hiley: "As the major increasingly 
has become specialized preparation for 
graduate or protessional education, 
faculty advising usually consists of 
suggestions for entering graduate school, 
law school, or medical school." Hiley 
points out that because some liberal arts 
faculty do not aim at preparing students 
for vocations, they are unable or unwill- 
ing to impart the idea that students are 
acquiring valuable career-related skills. 

Warren and other critics point out 
that college faculty and business execu- 
tives actually complain about the same 
general quality of students: faculty find 
them poorly prepared tor college when 
they graduate from high school; execu- 
tives find them poorly prepared for the 
responsibilities of a career when they 
graduate from college. 

If it is agreed that a career is a major 
goal in life and that quality of life is a 
goal in a liberal arts education, then a 
reconsideration of these connections and 
compatibilities ought to be pursued 
between faculty who teach in the class- 
room and executives who ate in the best 
position to train employees on the job.0 

Illustration by Scott Wright. 




By Linda Shields 

ith little publicity 
and cautious opti- 
mism, 1984 has 
marked the begin- 
ning of liver trans- 
plants in Virginia 
at VCU's Medical 
College of Virginia 
Hospitals. The 
university is one of the few medical 
centers in the country with an active 
combined program of heart, liver, 
cornea, and kidney transplantations. 

While hopes are high for liver trans- 
plants at MCV Hospitals, they are 
tempered by the memory of an earlier 
attempt to establish a liver transplant 
program. In 1968, following the lead of 
University Hospital at Cambridge and 

the University of Colorado, VCU 
medical faculty experimented with liver 
transplants but dropped the program 
after determining that the state of the 
art was not advanced enough to ensute 
an acceptable survival rate. 

Dr. Thomas E. Starzl of the Univer- 
sity of Pittsburgh, a pioneer in liver 
transplants, continued to perform the 
surgery throughout the '70s with survival 
rates of below 50 percent during the first 
year after an operation. In 1980, Starzl 
and transplant teams in Germany, 
England, and the Netherlands began 
reporting a post-operative survival rate 
of 70 percent. 

What happened between 1968-80 to 
make liver transplants promising rests 
with two major medical developments. 
Cyclosporine A, a recently discovered 
immunosuppresant, has gained accept- 
ance in the transplantation process. It is 
the drug that makes the difference. 

according to Starzl. The second change 
has been improved surgical techniques. 
According to Dr. Robert Carithers, a 
member of the university's medical 
team, it is the fortunate meeting of these 
two developments that has led to a 
renaissance in the liver transplant 
program at VCU. 

It is no accident that the university 
has the only liver transplant center in 
Virginia and one of very few in the 
nation. The institutional resources to 
launch and maintain such a program are 
formidable and few hospitals have them. 
According to recommendations con- 
tained in a 1983 report issued by the 
Consensus Development Panel on Liver 
Transplantation of the National Insti- 
tutes of Health, an institution sponsor- 
ing a liver transplant program should 


have experts in hepatology, pediatrics, 
infectious disease, nephrology with 
dialysis capability, pulmonary medicine 
with respiratory therapy support, pathol- 
ogy, immunology, and anesthesiology. 
These specialties are needed to support a 
qualified transplant team; VCU has 

The liver transplant team at the 
university consists of Carithers, Depart- 
ment of Medicine and coordinator of the 
program; Dr. H. M. Lee, Department of 
Surgery and head of the program; Dr. 
Wallace Herman, Department of Pediat- 
rics; and Dr. Gerardo Mendez-Picon, 
Department of Surgery. With extensive 
experience in the diagnosis and treat- 
ment of liver disease, these individuals 
act as an aggressive "front four" in the 
screening and transplantation process. 

Their respective medical specialties 
define their roles; Berman and Carithers 
screen pediatric and adult patients to 
determine the viability of liver trans- 
plantation treatment for patients with 
terminal liver disease. The surgeons, Lee 
and Picon, decide on the technical 
feasibility of performing the surgery. The 
operation is lengthy (as long as 16 hours 
in some cases), tedious, and challenging. 
The fragile, thin caliber bile ducts and 
the hepatic portal system of veins and 
arteries require unusual patience and 
dexterity on the part of the surgical 

Working outside the surgical arena is 
an array of specialists who perform vital 
support functions. One ot the more 
interesting is the organ procurement staft 
who locate and transport livers, one ot 
the most essential tasks in the entire 
transplantation process. Experienced in 
the procurement ot hearts and kidneys, 
the team tries to fill the demand for 
livers. Aside from the pressure to locate 
healthy livers, however, the procure- 
ment staff also must consider liver size 
since a donor organ must fit precisely in 
the liver cavity in the upper right quad- 
rant of the abdomen. Travel time is 
another concern: the team has only six 
hours at the most to transport the liver 
to the waiting surgeon. 

Adults are the majority of recipients, 
despite the attention accorded children 
in the media. Of the estimated 500 
transplants that have been performed 
world-wide, approximately 430 have 
been in adult patients. 

In children, biliary atresia, which 
occurs about once in 20,000 live births 
in the United States, is the most com- 
mon liver problem. For these patients, 
the Kasai procedure, involving surgically 
implanting shunts that act as bile ducts, 
is the treatment of choice before trans- 
plantation is considered. If successful, 
the procedure allows some access for bile 
flow and, in many cases, permits the 
child to live to adolescence before 
medical staff must consider transplanta- 
tion. If the Kasai procedure tails, the 
child is a candidate tor immediate 
transplantation. Recent data suggest that 
as many as two-thirds of these patients 
survive for one year or more after 

Diseases affecting adults — specifically 
primary biliary cirrhiisis, sclerosing 
cholangitis, and chronic active hepati- 
tis — usually develop slowly, giving 
physicians time to diagnose, treat, and 
evaluate the patient tor liver transplan- 
tation. But timing is an essential con- 
cern with any age group; in fact, it is 
difficult to determine the ideal time to 
transplant, according to Carithers. 
Timing is a complex issue with liver 
transplants and requires judgments ot 
qualified medical teams. They have no 
chart as a guide to determine the ideal 
time; normally, it is a decision made on 
a patient-specific basis. Waiting until the 
patient is near death is risky because the 
possibility of hepatic decompensation 
poses surgical risks. Transplanting pre- 
maturely, however, may deprive the 
patient ot periods of useful lite. 

In general, transplantation is consid- 
ered only for those approaching the 
terminal phase of a serious liver disease. 
Currently, the university's medical team 
recommends referring the patient to a 
transplant center if a liver transplant is 
anticipated within two years. 

Recently, major changes have taken 
place among health insurance carriers in 
Virginia, which permit the coverage of 
heart and liver transplants. Carriers in 
other states, such as Massachusetts, 
Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania, are 
also ottering subscribers some form of 
transplant benefits. Case Western Re- 
serve University Hospital and the Cle\'e- 
land Clinic in Ohio are taking a ditter- 
ent approach: they are forming a 
consortium to coordinate finances 
required for organ transplants. And 
doctors involved in organ transplanta- 
tions are setting aside 25 percent of their 

fees as gifts in a special fund. The pro- 
ceeds will be used to assure that finances 
are not a factor in obtaining organs. 

Staff at MCVH explore patients' 
financial resources during the clinical 
evaluation process and prior to admitting 
them to the program. Once insurance 
coverage is determined, the patient is 
expected to cover 25 percent ot the 
remaining uninsured costs. With no 
insurance, a patient could face a com- 
mitment of $20,000 — 25 percent of the 
estimated $80,000 tor a liver transplant 
today. Inability to pay, however, would 
not prevent a patient from being admit- 
ted to the program. It is anticipated that 
all patients will have access to some 
funds through private insurance com- 
panies, state aid, or philanthropic 

Although new, the liver transplant 
program at MCVH shows great promise 
for patients with end-stage liver disease. 
Quietly, the transplant team is making it 
work. S 

Linda Shields is a freelance writer based in 

On the MCV Campus the university's 
transplant and organ procurement 
program has been active since 1962 
when the first kidney was transplanted. 
To date, 627 kidneys have been trans- 
planted at MCV Hospitals, 27 in the last 

Heart transplant sutgery began in 
1968. The program later developed a 
long-distance heart procurement system, 
which has been adopted by transplant 
centers around the world. With better 
drugs available to minimize the possibil- 
ity of rejection, surgeons at MCVH are 
now transplanting an average ot ten 
hearts per year and have treated a total 
of 67 persons. 

In 1983, liver transplantation was 
added to the existing program, and four 
operations have been performed so far. 
In addition to the procurement ot organs 
for transplantation, VCU's transplant 
specialists actively work with local tissue 
and eye banks to obtain donated skin, 
corneas, bone marrow, and other vitally 
needed tissues. 



By Robert Goldblum 

et Richmond busi- 
nessman John L. 
Clark talking 
about jazz and, in 
an instant, the big 
band era of the 
1940s swings into 
view as clearly as 
the "A" train 
rounding a curve. 

Stories of Richmond during the swing 
era abound as Clark, at that time a 
pretty fair drummer, recalls his days with 
the Art Baldwin big band, a group 
begun in 1944 by some Richmond 
Professional Institute musicians and 
himself, the only non-RPl member of 
the band. 

"Stan Kenton's big band came 
through Richmond after the war. Our 
band went into the studio at the WLEE 
radio station with Kenton's and made 
two recordings," Clark said nostalgically. 

He continued, his mind still back in 
the '40s. "We worked a lot of college 
dates in those days: University of Rich- 
mond, Mary Washington, William and 
Mary, and the Augusta Military Aca- 
demy in Staunton. We played the 
Mosque ballroom, too. I also played on 

Second Street with some of the black 
groups. That was pretty unusual in 
Richmond in 1945-46." 

There are more stories: of drummer 
Shelley Manne with Kenton's band; of 
Count Basic, Woody Herman, and the 
Jazz at the Philharmonic group per- 
forming at the Mosque; of running out 
of gas in his group's van on the way back 
to Richmond from a Staunton ccincert 
("Our driver only wanted to put in so 
much gas so we'd have more money left 
over from the concert," Clark recalled); 
of a vice-ridden lead alto saxophonist 
the band picked up in Charlottesville as 
a replacement for one show; and of how 
The Continervtals, one of Richmond's 
most popular swing style big bands still 
working today, grew out of the original 
Art Baldwin group. 

Now, close to 40 years after his play- 
ing days with the Art Baldwin band, 
Clark, 59, still keeps in step with the 
world of jazz. He occasionally works out 
on his drum set in the basement of his 
home. And for a change of pace he 
sometimes sits in with local jazz men like 
vocalist Jack Diamond and veteran 
pianist Jimmy Black. As an avid jazz 
listener, Clark also keeps abreast of some 
of the new developments in jazz and 
supports both local club jazz and VCU's 
jazz program. 

That generous support was evident 
recently as Clark donated his jazz record 

collection of some 4,500 78-rpm record- 
ings to the James Branch Cabell Library. 
The John L. Clark Collection of Jazz 
Recordings, valued at $15,000 and 
called by a Petersburg record collector 
"one of the finest 1 have seen in 27 years 
of collecting and evaluating records," 
was formally acknowledged in Septem- 
ber at a Cabell Library program pre- 
sented by the ULS Friends ot the Li- 
brary. The reception included a brief 
performance by a faculty jazz quintet and 
a talk by noted jazz scholar Martin 
Williams of the Smithsonian Institution. 

Clark decided to donate his jazz 
collection to VCU after he read several 
articles in local newspapers and maga- 
zines praising the university's award- 
winning Jazz Orchestra I and jazz studies 

"I realized then that VCU had a good 
jazz program and that the records would 
be appreciated here," Clark said. "I also 
like to do things for the community 
whenever possible." 

Clark, a Richmond native, also 
admitted that there were some sentimen- 
tal reasons for wanting to keep the 
collection in Richmond. One is his 
former connection with VCU (then 
RPl) during his days with the Art 



Baldwin band. In addition, Clark's 
mother had taken some courses at RPl in 
1934, and he thought she would greatly 
approve ot the donation to VCU. Clark 
was also urged by his close triend Marga- 
ret Bemiss, a member of VCU's Board of 
Visitors, to donate the collection to the 

Clark's large collection is actually the 
result of a merging of two separate 
collections — his own and one begun in 
the 1930s by his stepfather, William 
Wenzel. Wen:el, cited in Who's Who in 
jazz Record Collecting, began his collec- 
tion while living in New York City. 
There, he became friendly with the 
people running the Commodore Record 
Shop and Commodore record label, and 
he began to collect seriously. 

When Wenzel died in 1959, Clark 
joined his own jazz records with his step- 
father's and stored the combined collec- 
tion in a warehouse at Frischkorn, Inc., 
where he has worked for 38 years and is 
now chairman of the board. He was at 
one time told by noted record collector 
and executive John Hammond that some 
of the 78s were worth $200 if he wanted 
to sell them individually. But Clark 
decided to keep the collection in tact. 
The collection remained stored until 

early 1984, when it was moved into a 
specially-built room in Cabell's Learning 
Resource Center. 

By tar the most important and distinc- 
tive feature of the collection is its large 
concentration of jazz piano music. In 
fact, it contains recordings from just 
about all of the giants of the jazz piano 
prior to the "bebop" era of the late 

The music of jazz piano virtuoso Art 
Tatum dominates the piano recordings — 
there are more Tatum 78s than any other 
single artist in the collection. Pianists 
Fats Waller (of "Ain't Misbehavin' " 
fame) and Teddy Wilson (he played in 
the famous Benny Goodman Quartet 
with vibraharpist Lionel Hampton) are 
also highly represented in the collectitin. 

Albert Ammons, James P. Johnson, 
Meade "Lux" Lewis, and Willie "The 
Lion" Smith — all legendary "stride" and 
"boogie-woogie" pianists — are also well 
represented. Recordings by jazz keyboard 
greats Errol Garner, Earl "Fatha" Hines, 
George Shearing, Oscar Peterson, 
Marian McPartland, and Mary Lou 
Williams round out the collection's large 
piano music contents. 

The collection also contains a signifi- 
cant amoLint of European jazz, as Wenzel 

was particularly fond of the European 
sound. Foremost among the European 
jazz is a recording of gypsy guitarist 
Django Reinhart and French violinist 
Stephane Grappelli and their group. 
Quintet of the Hot Club of France. 
Another European recording of note 
features Alice Babs, a Swedish soprano 
who sang with Duke Ellington in two of 
the composer's Sacred Concerts. 

Several other recordings in the collec- 
tion stand out because they are either 
somewhat rare or unusual. There are 
three autographed test pressings, one by 
legendary trumpeter "Satchmo" Louis 
Armstrong (as the record is signed) and 
two by pianist Marian Page (later, 
Marian McPartland). And there is a rare 
Bing Crosby master recording in which 
the famous crooner forgot the lyrics of 
the tune and ad-libbed some choice 
expletives in their place. 

Some of the most interesting of all the 
recordings include American composer/ 
song writers Alec Wilder leading an 
octet and George Gershwin playing his 
own piano compositions, as well as 
conductor/pianist Andre Previn playing 
jazz piano. 

Though the bulk of the collection's 
78s were recorded on Columbia, Decca, 







Victor (now RCA), and Capital — four 
of the major labels in the recording 
industry — many were recorded on now 
defunct jazz labels like Brunswick, Okeh, 
Bluebird, Melotone, and Vocalion. 

"Jazz music is not documented through 
written compositions or even transcribed 
solos," said Doug Richards, director of 
Jazz Orchestra I, commenting on the 
value of the collection. 

"It is documented through recordings. 
This is an important collection for 
VCU. It adds more credibility to our 
program. The collection will provide the 
students who use it, especially the jazz 
pianists, with new insights into the 
performances of many jazz musicians not 
currently available on LPs or in reissue 
series," said Richards, the faculty mem- 
ber most responsible for the national 
prominence of the school's jazz studies 

The 4,500-record jazz collection is, 
according to Robert Pillow, library 
assistant in charge of Cabell's music 
holdings, probably the most extensive of 
its kind in Virginia. Pillow said the 
collection will enrich the library's jazz 
collection by almost doubling it. (The 
library now has 700-800 jazz albums, 80 
percent of them acquired since Richards 
started the jazz program five years ago.) 

"The collection will fill in the gaps 
between what was recorded during the 

'30s and '40s and what record companies 
are now beginning to reissue," Pillow 

"They have already reissued some of 
the 'A' side hits that are in the collec- 
tion. But the 'B' side recordings often 
don't get reissued. The collection will 
give students and faculty a chance to 
judge for themselves what is significant 
or representative of an artist's work 
instead of having that decided for them 
by a record company archivist or market 

To make the collection more accessi- 
ble to students and faculty, the library 
has purchased electronic equipment and 
is now making tapes of the original 78s. 

From all indications, the collection 
will be a big plus for a growing jazz 
program that has been enjoying brilliant 
success lately. The program's increased 
visibility in the local media and quality 
jazz education have won the respect and 
admiration ot at least one prominent 
Richmonder, John L. Clark. 

"Half of the musicians in the VCU 
band Qazz Orchestra 1] could play in any 
big band in the country," Clark said. 

"The musicianship level of college 
students playing jazz has risen astronomi- 
cally in the last ten years. Today, when 
musicians leave the VCU jazz program, 
they can do just about anything they 
want. It used to be that you had to come 
from places like Juilliard to prove you 
had a quality music education. Today, 
VCU offers the same quality of instruc- 
tion as any of the prestigious music 
institutions." CS 

Robert Goldblum is instructor in English at 
the university and an editor at Petersburg 

Photograph of John L. Clark courtesy of 
Richmond Newspapers, Inc. 

Other photography by Dennis McWaters. 


Clark's jazz collection contains now 
defunct recording labels, like Bluebird, 
Okeh, Vocalion, and Savoy, as well as rare 
autographed test pressings from "Satchmo" 
Armstrong and McParthmd. "Bill" on the 
test pressings is William Wenzel. Ckirk's 
step-father, whose collection he merged with 
his own and eventually donated to the 
Cabell librar'i. 



How does a man become integrated with his 
community! How does he preserve the 
integrity of others, especially of other men, 
while protecting his autonomy! 

Of the infinite issues literature has 
conjured or mirrored, male-male bonding, 
an ancient theme, seems yet a topic of our 
moment, though (me we mti'v too easily 
decide is an issue of homosexuality or else 
dismiss as senseless male exhibitionism. But 
then we may also reflect on the 1 984 Los 
Angeles Olympics and recall not the men 
who fought and won but the men who won 
or lost with class and treated their opponents 
with grace. We may remember some of the 
men who succeeded, not just for themselves, 
but for their communities. 

Through the convenient lens of select 
works of literature, we can hold steady for a 
moment this issue of male-male bonding — 
shave from its complexity a facet for exami- 
nation. We may see some writers who 
depict men in physical battles to achieve, not 
dominance, but integration. As men have 
struggled with women, so have they strug- 
gled with other men — perhaps less subtley 
but sometimes to greater success — to forge 
the communal spirit. 

By David Ashe Hogge 

ften tangential to 
numerous studies 
on the tensions 
governing the 
ethos of male-fe- 
male relationships 
in literature, the 
male-male hond 
has too often been 
idly dismissed or pejoratively simplified 
as either fraternal or homosexual. But 
the bluthri'iderschaft in D. H. Lawrence's 
Women in Love, the tocus of extensive 
scholarly attention, forms the literary 
pinnacle of man's attempt to consum- 
mate a special male-male bond through 
the impetus of a sexually suggestive 
wrestling match. 

Wrestling, as one 19th-century book 
comments, performs a pluralism of 
functions: social, moral, religious, and 
educational. Pugilistic activity enhances 
a man's body and soul, develops a 
strong, agile body and a cool, perceptive 
mind. People thought that intense 
physical activity contributed to spiritual 
insight and self-understanding, and 
precedents for this interpretation 
abound: Christ metaphorically wrestled 
with Satan, who tempted with physical 
pleasures; Cain fought with and killed 
Abel, and he then wrestled with his 
conscience; Jacob wrestled with an 
angel — the physical manifestation of the 
God in Heaven and the God within 
man — resolving his dilemma over 
brother Esau. 

Using antithetical characters in 
Women in Love — Gerald Crich, the 
industrialist, and Rupert Birkin, the 

The male-male bond 

has too often been 

dismissed or simplified 

as either fraternal or 


educator — Lawrence strives to illustrate 
the potency of a male-male hond. Crich, 
guarded and imposing, refuses Birkin's 
request for a special relationship. And 
the wrestling match between the two 
naked men in front of a blazing hearth 
fails to dispel Crich's suspicions about 
the significance of his friend's proposal 
for an intimate bond. The icily com- 
posed Crich eventually dies detached 
from those closest to him: Birkin and 
Gudrun, Crich's lover. 

Other writers before Lawrence and 
even earlier works by Lawrence astutely, 
though less overtly or conspicuously, 
examine the dynamics of the male-male 
relationship. George Eliot's Adam Bede 
(1859), Thomas Hardy's The Ma^or of 
Casterbridge (1885), and D. H. Law- 
rence's Sons and Lovers (1913) suggest 
the possibility of celebrating a unique 
bond between men by using two special 
elements: the male-female-male love 
triangle to initiate and solidify the male- 
male bond; and the vigorous wrestling 
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strengthen masculine sensibilities. In 
achieving the bond, two men uncon- 
sciously sacrifice a woman as they refine 
their feelings for each other. 

In Aclum Bede, Eliot studies the bond 
between Adam Bede, a steadfastly moral 
carpenter, and Arthur Donnithorne, the 
son of a wealthy land owner. Although 
representing the extremes of two classes, 
Adam and Arthur feel respect for each 
other. Not until a woman's affection 
becomes an issue do Adam and Arthur 
test the bonds of their friendship, fight- 
ing tigerishly to vent their anger. Both 
men, however, metamorphose; from one 
who relentlessly judges others by his own 
set of morals, Adam becomes under- 
standing and accepting of others; from 
one who thrives on being self-serving, 
Arthur begins to concern himself with 
the feelings of those around him. 

Unlike Eliot hut anticipating Law- 
rence's Women in Love, Hardy depicts 
the dangers of isolation in The Mayor of 
Casterbridge. As the mayor, Michael 
Henchard, struggles to befriend Donald 
Farfrae, the mayor's grasp on the past 
prevents him from embracing that which 
Farfrae represents; modernization and 
the rejection of old beliefs and anti- 
quated methods. Henchard fails to 
resolve his internal conflict, symbolized 
by his fight with Farfrae, so he dies a 
lonely man. He cannot mesh the past 
with the present. 

Sons and Lovers, written but a few 
years prior to Women in Love, indicates 
Lawrence's youthful hopefulness in the 
male-male bond. As Paul Morel and 
Baxter Dawes fight over the letter's 
estranged wife, Clara, the two men sense 
an unspoken bond. Each man assists the 
other in restoring feeble dignity. Dawes, 
his sense of masculinity rejuvenated, 
reunites with his wife; Paul, keenly self- 
perceptive, readies himself for living in 
the city with other men and women. 

As all of these characters' situations 
exemplify, the male-male bond prefigures 
the human bond. The ritualistic wres- 
tling match humanizes the men in- 
volved, representing not an abusive or 
homosexual engagement but symbolizing 
the death and subsequent rebirth of 
individuals who struggle to reconcile 
internal conflicts. Lawrence's Women in 
Love suggests that the two men really 
form one spirit. Had he accepted 
Birkin's request, Crich would have 

softened his mechanical personality with 
his friend's sense of compassion. One 
better man would result from the enig- 
matic mixture of two personalities — a 
feat emblematically accomplished 
through the entangling wrestling match. 

Tensions within male-female-male 
triangles provoke action in numerous 
novels; concerning male-male bonding, 
however, authors use the triangular 
relationship to represent a microcosm of 
the community. Coming to terms with 
those other members of the triangle — 
male and female — is tantamount to 
accepting and being accepted by one's 
own community of men and women. 
And the wrestling match, inasmuch as it 
represents the physical confrontation of 
two men, reveals an individual's attempt 
to reconcile an internal struggle with his 
ego and to affirm some indispensable 
part of his self. Touching metaphorically 
illustrates a state of spiritual communion 
between a man and himself. A man's 
bond with another man strengthens self- 
understanding. As an individual, a man 
establishes his identity by interacting 
with other men and women. Freud may 
have stopped short when he suggested 
that "the love of mankind in general 
may be developed after heterosexual 
impulses are established." 

Thus, what appear to be opposing 
forces actually initiate male-male bonds 
in Adam Bede, The Ma;yor of Cas- 
terbridge, and Sons and Lovers. Love and 
power, developing simultaneously, 
sanctify human relations by preserving 
individual dignity. Adam's physical 
overpowering of Arthur and Henchard's 
ability to defeat a less powerful Farfrae 
reveal no desire to dominate. Adam and 
Henchard and Paul dread isolation from 
the community, and preventing this 
isolation depends largely on each man's 
ability to afhrm his dignity. These men 


must not regress by using power per- 
versely for the sake of destroying that 
which fails to conform to their personal 
values. Instead, destruction must occur 
in tandem with the intent to create a 
new community through a conscious 
restructuring of the moral values of those 
individuals who compose it. 

In Adam Bede, The Ma^or of Cas- 
terbridge, and Sons a■l^A Lowers, the male- 
male bond and the significance of the 
wrestling ritual also iconically embody 
social transitions and movements; 
pastoralism against industrialism, naive 
moral views against the incursion of a 

complex ethos, isolation and death 
against community and life. The physi- 
cal conflict shows a man questioning 
authority while simultaneously interro- 
gating his own moral values. The result 
of these searches is rebirth. As a new 
man develops out of a symbolically 
destructive contest, society is reborn 
through the rebirth of its individuals. 
Destruction anticipates regeneration; 
self-harmony intimates communal 
accord and survival. 

Despite the tranquility at the end of 
Adam Bede, lh.e Mayor of Casterbridge, 
and Sons and Lovers, the agonizing 


individuation process recurs. The 
authors ot these novels depict the recur- 
ring struggle by introducing the children 
of their protagonists. Individuals of each 
era constantly battle and then destroy 
their moral and cultural subconscious- 
ness to rediscover their elemental selves. 
Eliot describes Adam's son, Addy, and 
Hardy mentions the burden assumed by 
Henchard's surrogate daughter, Eliza- 
beth-Jane. Men bond to protect their 
moral beliefs, fight to destroy their naive 
assumptions. From the life-death-re- 
generation process that patterns an 
individual's life, emerges the commu- 
nity, developing anew from the re- 
creation of those who compose it. 
Lawrence's The Plumed Serpent forcefully 

addresses this issue of re-creation as it 
appears in Mexican culture. 

Lawrence used the male-male rela- 
tionship incessantly to signify the poten- 
tial that such a bond offered. Not only 
in Sons and Lovers and Women in Love 
but in The White Peacock and Aaron's 
Rod Lawrence shows his interest in the 
symbol of touch and the particular 
intimacy that should exist between men. 
In these novels, touching between 
men — in the form of a rubdown or a 
wrestling match — symbolizes an attempt 
made by one man to commune spiritu- 
ally with another man, to penetrate an 
individual's physical and spiritual isola- 
tion. Misconstruing the symbolic pur- 
pose of physical contact as a territorial 
violation — an assertion of power — a 
man rejects bids for his friendship. He 
dreads the probing questions necessary 
tor self-understanding and solid friend- 
ship; he fears being stigmatized as per- 
verted by a society that disallows unin- 
hibited contact and discourse between 

Other English novelists, from Charles 

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Dickens to 20th-century writers Kingsley 
Amis and Alan Sillitoe, tacitly expose 
the dynamics of male bonding in their 
works. In Amis' Lucky Jim and Sillitoe's 
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, 
internal struggles manifest themselves in 
physical confrontation as men fight, die 
a symbolic death, and regenerate. 
Again, physical and spiritual isolation 
confront those who refuse the physical 
contact necessary for self-understanding. 
A man must integrate with the commu- 
nity to survive. 

American writers have contributed 
variously to the male-male bond theme. 
The works of Ernest Hemingway — The 
Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms, 
for instance — illustrate a man's bonding 
through aggression. Death results from 
an individual's isolation. For Heming- 
way, a man reacts aggressively toward his 
environment, indicating the fierceness of 
his internal struggle toward self-realiza- 
tion. Since, according to Hemingway, 
no moral examples exist on which men 
may model their moral values, they lash 
out, boxing and drinking heavily to 
perpetuate the myth ot the rapacious, 
impenetrable male, the male who suffers 
in isolation. Hemingway emphasizes 
brutal interaction as an expression, 
though a purely destructive one, of 
respect between men. 

Coming ot age during the years sur- 
rounding World War II, writers of the 
beat generation professed their belief in 
male-male bonding not only by their 
fictive creations but by their interper- 
sonal relationships. Just as the male 
characters in On the Road, The Dharma 
Bums, and Sometimes a Great Notion 
discover their identities by traveling, 
drinking, and meditating with other 
men, Kerouac, Ginsberg, Kesey, Casady, 
and others similarly affirmed their identi- 

ties by making a concerted effort to 
interact physically and spiritually. The 
beat generation writers sought to de- 
velop all aspects of their personalities to 
reach a true self-understanding despite 
the real world obstructions of business 
and war. Intensely silent activity became 
a source of tranquility and beatitude as 
these men participated diversely in their 

In consummating the male-male 
bond, a man does not withdraw from the 
company ot women in t)rder to partici- 
pate in a man's world. He devotes 
himself to self-understanding and refined 
sensibilities; and he communes with 
either people. Authors such as Eliot, 
Hardy, and Lawrence illustrate how a 
man's acceptance of the male-male bond 
allows him to transcend the isolating 
effects of egoism. Male-male bonding 
requires that a man compromise his ego 
as he accepts something external, a 
value or belief cherished by someone 
else. The absence of touching in male- 
male relationships — rather than its 
presence — perverts relationships because 
such a bond demands a symbolic outlet, 
even if that outlet, ironically, assumes a 
destructive guise. In fact, Lawrence 
considered war to be the violent subli- 
mation of man's repressed impulse to 
interact nonaggressively. Bonds between 
men must be more than cerebral; they 
need a symbol ot expression. 

In select works, the male-male bond 
culminates in tranquility, despite the 
tragically violent path followed to 
achieve it. A fulfilling life for a man had 
always come through activity: battle, 
work, and recreation. In some works, 
such as Hemingway's, men seem to feel 
that one can achieve peace only through 
aggression, that power is proportionate 
to aggression, that aggression insures 
respect and dignity. The way to peace, 
as the literary combatants realize after 
their fights, is through nonaggression. 
Fighting fails to reverse past actions. Yet 
as a means ot self-understanding, the 
fight functions invaluably as a symbol of 
a man's desire for personal fulfillment 
and acceptance by his community. Cf 

David Ashe Hogge is an editor m VCU 

Illustration by Dennis Michael Stredney. 





Alumni Activities 

Stephen C. Harvey of Rich- 
mond was named director in 
ApriloftheVCU Alumni 
Activities Office. 

Harvey has been assistant 
athletic director at VCU for 
eight years and has worked 
closely with alumni as chief 
coordinator of the Rams Club 
and with faculty on both 
campuses. His responsibilities 
included promotional activi- 
ties, fund raising, budgeting, 
and administration. His prior 
experience includes teaching 
high school history, science, 
and physical education, as 
well as coaching basketball 
and serving as an assistant 

In 1970 Harvey earned his 
B.S. degree in health and 
physical education at VCU 
and in 1975 he received an 
M.Ed, degree in administra- 
tion and supervision. He is a 
member of the National Asso- 
ciation of Athletic Directors 
and the Virginia Hall of Fame. 

J. Dale Bimson [B.S. social 
science, 1961], president of 
the VCU Alumni Association, 
and Dr. George Oliver (M.D. 
1947), president of the MCV 
Alumni Association of VCU, 
took part in the selection 
process for alumni director. 

Annual fund changes 

The VCU Annual Fund has 
been changed to the VCU 
Annual Giving Program, ac- 
cording to Thomas A. Pyle, ex- 
ecutive director of University 
Advancement. The renaming 
came about to ovoid confu- 
sion with the VCU Fund, which 
is one of two major charitable 
foundations associated with 
the university, and to better re- 
flect the nature of the activity. 

The VCU Annual Giving Pro- 
gram seeks expendable gifts 
from alumni and others each 
year for the operation of the 
university. Gifts support VCU, 
both campuses, the individual 
schools and departments, the 
libraries, and scholarships. 

Pyle says the annual giving 
program encourages a grow- 
ing flow of gift income which 
con be spent each year to 
enable VCU and its various 

components to plan for new 
programs and to strengthen 
existing ones. According to 
Pyle, the university is striving to 
build annual giving into a 
substantial financial resource 
in the years ahead. 

The VCU Fund and the 
MCV Foundation, the two 
major charitable foundations, 
are independently chartered 
to assist, support, and foster 
the university. 

The VCU Fund, for 20 years 
known as the RPI Foundation, 
was established in 1917 as the 
Citizens Foundation for Rich- 
mond Professional Institute, 
which was merged with the 
Medical College of Virginia in 
1968 to form VCU. The VCU 
Fund accepts gifts and owns 
property for the benefit of the 
entire university. 

The VCU Fund is governed 
by a board of 16 trustees, of 
whom the president of the uni- 
versity and the rector of the 
VCU Board of Visitors are ex- 
officio members. The trustees 
are Andrew J. Brent, Malcolm 
Briggs, Mrs.James B. Bullard, 
Rudolph H. Bunzl, Alan S. Don- 
nahoe, Douglas H. Ludeman, 
Gordon L. Muse, Mrs. David E. 
Sotterfield III, James L. 
Seaborn, Jr., William B. Tholhi- 
mer, Jr., James W. Watkinson, 
and Marshall Wishnack. In ad- 
dition to the president and 
rector, Pyle and James R. 
Johnson, assistant vice-presi- 
dent for VCU Financial Oper- 
ations, serve as ex-officio 

Founded in 1949, the MCV 
Foundation accepts gifts for 
the support of MCV Campus 
schools and departments and 
MCV Hospitals. In recent 
years, it has restricted its ef- 
forts to attracting and man- 
aging endowment funds, of 
which only the income 
earned is expended, accord- 
ing to David E. Bagby, Jr., ex- 
ecutive director of the foun- 
dation. As the principal is not 
normally invaded, endow- 
ments should be of sufficient 
magnitude to generate 
enough income to be of 
meaningful assistance. 

The MCV Foundation is 
governed by a board of 22 
trustees, including Henry W. 
Addington, Herbert R. Boyd, 
D.D.S., John L. Burke, J. B. 
Campbell, Charles M. 
Caravati, M.D., Joseph C. 
Carter, Jr., Robert C. Courain, 
Jr, John T Farrar, M.D., S. 
Douglas Fleet, Sigsby W. 
Gayle, M.D., William H. 
Goodwin, Jr, Joseph G. Gray, 
William J. Hagood, Jr, M.D., 
W. Robert Irby, M.D., Mrs. Alex- 
ander J. Kay, Jr, Bennett A. 
Malbon, D.D.S., Carolyn M. 
McCue, M.D., Edward Myers, 
D.D.S., Anne Dobie Peebles, 
Charles L. Reed, Jr„ W. T 
Thompson, Jr, M.D., and 
Ralph M. Ware, Jr Honorary 
members are Harry Lyons, 
D.D.S.; Kinloch Nelson, M.D.; 
and Elam C. Toome, Jr, M.D. 
The president of the university 
and the vice-president for 
health sciences serve as ex- 
officio trustees. 

Both the VCU Fund and 
MCV Foundation ore classi- 
fied as 501(c)(3) organizations 
by Internal Revenue Services, 
the same classification en- 
joyed by private colleges and 

Telethons and 


An experimental phonathon 
for fund raising among VCU 
alumni has proven successful. 
In fact, it will become a fea- 
ture of future alumni fund 
drives, according to Thomas 
A. Pyle, executive director of 
University Advancement. 

Groups of volunteer alumni 
and students initiated several 
thousand telephone calls 
throughout the nation for six 
evenings lost spring. A total of 
1,239 alumni were personally 
contacted, and 33 percent of 
those made pledges, which 
at the end of the drive 
amounted to approximately 

In addition to the 
phonathon, the university was 
part of a notional telethon — 
the Children's Miracle 
Network Telethon held June 2 
and 3. Locally, the telethon 
benefited MCV Hospitals' 
Children's Medical Center 

and Children's Hospital in 

The first Children's Miracle 
Network Telethon, sponsored 
by the Osmond family and 
transmitted from their studios 
in Utah, yielded in 1983 on 
Memorial Day more than $4.5 
million for children's hospitals 
across the nation, This year 
the national telethon raised 
over $12 million. 

The two Richmond hospitals 
serve more than 8,500 chil- 
dren from central Virginia 
each year In addition, chil- 
dren make more than 85,000 
visits to the various outpatient 
clinics. This year's telethon 
represented the first team 
effort in the Richmond area to 
promote health care for chil- 
dren, and raised approxi- 
mately $87,500 for both 

The Class of '84 

VCU conferred more than 
3,200 degrees during its 16th 
annual commencement cere- 
mony held May 12, 1984, in 
the Richmond Coliseum. T 
Justin Moore, Jr, chairman of 
the Board of Directors of Do- 
minion Resources Inc. and its 
subsidiary, Virginia Electric 
and Power Company, deliv- 
ered the commencement 
address. He received an hon- 
orary Doctor of Laws degree 
from the university. 

More than half of the gra- 
duating students were candi- 
dates for undergraduate de- 
grees from the university's 12 
schools and the College of 
Humanities and Sciences. In 
all, 2,139 undergraduate de- 
grees were conferred at the 
bachelor's, associate's, and 
certificate levels. Graduate 
degrees for 1,155 students 
were awarded at the mas- 
ter's, doctorate, and profes- 
sional levels. The School of 
Business had the largest 
number of graduates. 


Tuition and fee increases 


At its May meeting, tiie VCU 
Board of Visitors approved tui- 
tion and fee increases for stu- 
dents and rate increases for 
nnedical services provided 
at MCV Hospitals for fiscal 

Jhe increase for botti ttie 
university and the tiospitals 
will help offset salary raises 
granted to employees and 
faculty members and to cover 
costs for additional employee 

Overall, the increase in tui- 
tion averages 13.7 percent for 
students on both campuses of 
the university. The increase 
varies, hov^/ever, depending 
on student classification by 
residence, full-time or part- 
time status, and graduate or 
undergraduate status, 

A 10 percent overall rate in- 
crease became effective July 
1 at MCVH. The rate hike does 
not affect programs of core 
for indigent patients, and the 
cost of patient care will re- 
main in line with that of other 
state and national teaching 

New appointments in a 

new fiscal year 

The VCU Board of Visitors has 
announced new administra- 
tive appointments at the uni- 
versity for 1984-85. 

Dr. Walter H. Carter, profes- 
sor of biostatistics, has been 
appointed chairman of the 
department. Carter replaces 
Dr. Sung C. Choi who con- 
tinues teaching as professor of 
biostatistics at the university. 

Dr. Alastair McCroe Con- 
nell, formerly dean of the Col- 
lege of Medicine and School 
of Allied Health Professions at 
the University of Nebraska, 
has been named vice-presi- 
dent for health sciences on 
the MCV Campus. He suc- 
ceeds Dr. Lauren A. Woods 
who retired August 31 . 

Patricia B. Cushnie, director 
of nursing services at MCV 
Hospitals, also assumes the 
duties of assistant dean for 
MCVH affairs. 

C. Thomas Holloway, pro- 
fessor and formerly acting 

chairman of the Department 
of Theatre, becomes chair- 
man of the department. 

Dr. Jeanne Madigan, for- 
merly associate professor and 
assistant head of occupa- 
tional therapy at the University 
of Illinois in Chicago, joins 
VCU as professor and chair- 
man of occupational therapy 
in the School of Allied Health 

Paul Petrie, formerly associ- 
ate professor of interior design 
at the University of Manitoba 
in Winnipeg, Canada, has 
been named professor and 
chairman of interior design, 
replacing Ben Gunter as 
ctiairman. Gunter will con- 
tinue teaching at the 

Dr. Dorothy M. Scura, asso- 
ciate professor and formerly 
acting chairman of the De- 
partment of English, is now 
chairman of the department. 

Dr. Hugo R. Seibei, professor 
of anatomy at the university, 
will also serve as assistant 
dean for medical student ser- 
vices on the MCV Campus. 

SCHEV statistics 

According to a degree pro- 
gram inventory maintained 
by the State Council of Higher 
Education for Virginia 
(SCHEV], VCU reported 40 
unique degree programs dur- 
ing the 1983-84 academic 

The term "unique" means 
that no other state-sponsored 
institution of higher education 
in Virginia has an approved 
degree program with a simi- 
lar instructional program 
code assigned by SCHEV. The 
coding structure adopted by 
SCHEV was developed by the 
National Center for Education 
Statistics (NCES]. 

The various unique pro- 
grams include seven doc- 
toral, one first-professional, 20 
masters', and 12 baccalaure- 
ate degrees. 

During a summer 1984 ses- 
sion, SCHEV also took action 
on other degree programs at 
the university. The council de- 
ferred action on the status of 
the university's B.A. degrees in 
French and in foreign lan- 

guages until the report of the 
Task Force on Modern Lan- 
guages is submitted later this 
year. The council also ap- 
proved an institutional deci- 
sion to discontinue the B.S. de- 
gree in business education 
and the B.A. degree in com- 
parative and general 

New forensics program 

The School of Community and 
Public Affairs' Department of 
Administration of Justice and 
Public Safety has established 
the state's first educational 
program in forensic science 
with the help of the Virginia 
Bureau of Forensic Science. 

Beginning this fall, the de- 
partment offers a graduate 
program in forensic science. 
The program is designed to 
provide students with a gen- 
eral background in forensic 
science, as well as additional 
specialized education in one 
of three tracks — drug analysis, 
serology, and trace evidence. 

Dr.James E. Hooker, associ- 
ate professor in the deport- 
ment and coordinator of the 
new program, said that the 
shortage of experts in forensic 
science is not limited to Vir- 
ginia, but is nationwide, VCU 
currently offers forensic path- 
ology and forensic toxicology 
on the MCV Campus. 

Edward E. Willey 


This tali two new scholarship 
programs were established at 
VCU in honor of Senator 
Edward E. Willey of the Vir- 
ginia General Assembly. 

The scholarships have been 
designated as the Edward E. 
Willey Scholarship in Public 
Affairs and the Edward E. Wil- 
ley Pharmacy Scholarship for 
Outstanding Scholarship and 

The pharmacy award is 
given to a rising senior in the 
School of Pharmacy, selected 
by a faculty committee on the 
basis of outstanding charac- 
ter, leadership ability, and ac- 
ademic performance. Tuition 
and fees ore covered by the 
scholarship which carries a 

The award for public affairs 
is given to a graduate student 
in the School of Community 
and Public Affairs. A faculty 
committee selects the student 
on the basis of academic 
achievement and potential, 
specialization in public affairs, 
public service experience, 
and evidence of commit- 
ment. The recipient is reim- 
bursed for tuition and fees 
and receives a stipend. The 
first public affairs recipient has 
already been named: Carol 
Adele Paul is a graduate stu- 
dent in urban and regional 
planning and holds a bache- 
lor's degree in political sci- 
ence from Mary Baldwin Col- 
lege. She is a member of 
Omicron Delta Kappa Society 
and numerous community 

Willey, a member of the 
General Assembly for 30 
years, graduated in 1930 from 
the School of Pharmacy. He 
practiced pharmacy for 
many years, eventually own- 
ing Willey Drug Co. in Rich- 
mond, He became active in 
his profession, serving as presi- 
dent of both the Richmond 
Pharmaceutical Association 
and the Virginia Pharmaceuti- 
cal Association that elected 
him Pharmacist of the Year in 
1956. Early in his career he be- 
came active in politics, serv- 
ing on the Richmond City 
Council and numerous 
boards and commissions 
before becoming a state 

In 1982 Willey was awarded 
the Outstanding Pharmacy 
Alumnus of the Year Award by 
the Pharmacy Division of the 
MCV Alumni Association of 

Bill Wynne Lectures 


Finnegan 8c Agee Inc., a 
Richmond advertising 
agency, has established the 
Bill Wynne Lectures at VCU in 
memory of William Cabell 
Wynne who was the agency's 
creative director for 10 years. 
He died last year in a Boy 
Scout camping accident. 

The lecture series will bring 
prominent leaders in the ad- 
vertising industry to VCU each 


fall to speak to students and 
focultY in the Department of 
Communication Arts and De- 
sign. Finnegan 8c Agee will 
pay expenses for the first five 
years of the program. Wynne's 
coworkers and friends ore es- 
tablishing an endowment 
fund with a goal of $10,000, 
the interest of which will pro- 
vide funds to continue the lec- 
ture series following the first 
five lectures donated by Fin- 
negan & Agee. 

Wynne was a 1967 gradu- 
ate of Richmond Professional 

A diagnosis for DRGs 

A new Medicare prospective 
pricing system was imple- 
mented at MCV Hospitals this 
July. Under the old Medicare 
system, hospitals submitted a 
bill to the government for the 
cost of care rendered to 
Medicare patients and then 
were reimbursed within cer- 
tain payment limits. Congress 
recently enacted a new plan 
under which the price Medi- 
care pays for services is set in 

Under the new system, co- 
ordinated by Louise Robert- 
son, staff member at MCVH, 
each Medicare patient is as- 
signed to one of 468 "diagno- 
sis-related groups" (DRGs), 
based on the nature of the ill- 
ness. Each DRG carries a spe- 
cific rate of payment. If the 
hospital cost for the patient is 
less than the specified rate, 
the hospital can keep the ex- 
cess funds; if the treatment 
costs more, the hospital must 
absorb the loss. Thus, hospitals 
have on incentive to keep 
patient-care costs down. 

At MCVH, the Departments 
of Medical Records, Quality 
Assurance, Information Sys- 
tems, Patient Accounting, 
and Financial Accounting all 
have been involved in the 
preparation of the new pay- 
ment system. A new data 
base is being developed to 
merge operational, financial, 
and clinical data. The system 
is designed as a discharge 
data base, created from 
medical records abstracting, 
patient billing, and hospital 
information systems. 

Dollars saved as a result of 
the new program can be in- 
vested in new capabilities, 
renovation of facilities, re- 
placement of equipment, 
human resources, and other 
needed areas. The MCVH 
DRG program is designed to 
find creative ways to manage 
costs while still providing the 
highest quality health care to 

MCV Foundation 

provides more than 

$750,000 in grants and 


MCV Foundation has 
awarded grants and alloca- 
tions totaling more than 
$750,000 to schools on the 
university's MCV Campus and 
MCV Hospitals for fiscal 

MCV Hospitals will receive 
approximately $86,000 in 
grants to purchase new 
equipment and enhance pa- 
tient care. Nearly $672,000 
will go to various schools on 
the MCV Campus to support 
professorships, research 
endeavors, and student 

Funds designated to sup- 
port teaching positions will 
benefit the Departments of In- 
ternal Medicine and Surgery 
and the Division of Immunol- 
ogy and Connective Tissue 
Disease in the School of Medi- 
cine. Other departments in- 
clude orthodontics in the 
School of Dentistry and phar- 
macology in the School of Ba- 
sic Sciences. Research grants 
will be used to purchase new 
equipment for laboratories in 
the Massey Cancer Center 
and to aid investigators of 
cardiovascular disease. 

The School of Dentistry 
plans to use its award to add 
terminals and printers to its 
data processing system, and 
the School of Nursing will use 
its new funds for public rela- 
tions and student recruitment. 

MCV Foundation also en- 
ters its third consecutive year 
of covering production costs 
for television public service 
announcements. In previous 
years, these television spots 
have won national recogni- 
tion and awards. The MCVH 

Health Line, a telephone infor- 
mation service on health mat- 
ters, is promoted in these 
spots to create better state- 
wide awareness of the quality 
programs and care at MCVH. 

Publications honored 

MCV Hospitals News won a 
first place award in internal 
communications from the Vir- 
ginia Society for Hospital Pub- 
lic Relations. A television pub- 
lic spot featuring the MCVH 
Children's Medical Center 
tied for second in the market- 
ing/TV division. The television 
spot is part of a public 
awareness compaign funded 
by MCV Foundation. 

Research in Action re- 
ceived a 1984 Citation Award 
for Research Periodicals from 
the Council for the Advance- 
ment and Support of Educa- 
tion (CASE). 

New lab for middle ear 


A temporal bone labora- 
tory — the only one in Virginia 
and one of only a few on the 
East Coast — has been 
opened on the MCV Cam- 
pus. Otolaryngology residents 
and practicing physicians use 
the lab to learn delicate mi- 
crosurgical techniques for the 
middle ear. 

The necessary lab equip- 
ment totaled nearly $51,000 
and was purchased by the 
MCV Foundation with endow- 
ment income from the Newby 
Toms Fund, which supports the 
university's programs for the 
deaf. A contribution from the 
late Zach Toms established 
the fund in 1954. It is named in 
honor of Toms' son, who over- 
came deafness and became 
a successful attorney. 

The temporal bone lab is 
located on the eighth floor of 
Sanger Hall. Dr George Wil- 
liams, chairman of the De- 
partment of Otolaryngology, 
is director of the facility. 

Rector receives award 

W. Roy Smith, rector-elect of 
VCU's Board of Visitors, was 
awarded the Outstanding 
Pharmacy Alumnus of the 
Year Award by the MCV 
Alumni Association of VCU. 

The award was presented 
during the annual meeting of 
the Pharmacy Division of the 
assoqiation by Warren W. 
Weaver, dean emeritus of the 
School of Pharmacy. 

Smith, a 1941 graduate of 
the School of Pharmacy, is 
past president of the alumni 
association. He retired from 
A. H. Robins Co. as senior 
vice-president In 1981. 

Counseling services 


The university's Counseling 
Services Center recently re- 
ceived endorsement from the 
American Psychological As- 
sociation to offer a fully ac- 
credited pre-doctoral intern- 
ship program for clinical and 
counseling psychology. VCU 
is now one of only 20 universi- 
ties in the United States with 
this accreditation. 

Dr John Corazzini, director, 
says that the center's primary 
objective is to provide a full 
range of counseling services 
for students on the Academic 
and MCV Campuses, and in- 
ternship training is a part of 
that commitment. Interns 
for this year come from VCU, 
the Florida Institute of Tech- 
nology, and the University of 

Visiting professors 

VCU will host three visiting 
professors this year as part of 
a statewide program to en- 
courage equal opportunity 
for black and other minority 
faculty. The program, called 
the Commonwealth Visiting 
Professor Program, seeks to 
attract distinguished faculty 
from outside the state to 
Virginia public colleges and 

This year VCU hosts Paule 
Marshall in English, Leon 
Chestang in social work, and 
Bill Williams in painting and 
printmaking as visiting profes- 
sors. Marshall has recently fin- 
ished a visiting lectureship at 
the University of California, 
Berkeley. Chestang is dean of 
social work at Wayne State 
University. Williams is professor 
of art at the City University of 
New York and Brooklyn 





Twins and high blood 


Dr. Richard M. Schieken, 
chairman of VCU's Division of 
Pediatric Cardiology; Dr. Wal- 
ter E. Nance, chairman of the 
Department of Human Genet- 
ics; and Dr. Linden Eaves, pro- 
fessor of human genetics, are 
studying young twins to deter- 
mine whether the early detec- 
tion of high blood pressure 
can reduce the risl<s of the 
disease in adulthood. Funded 
by a National Heart, Lung, 
and Blood Institute grant, the 
investigators are using ultra- 
sound to monitor the blood 
pressure of preadolescent 

Evaluating the fitness re- 
sponses of identical and fra- 
ternal twins, researchers an- 
swer critical questions 
concerning the genetic factor 
of high blood pressure: Will 
children with high blood pres- 
sure be more likely to have 
the disease as adults? Do cer- 
tain genes activated in child- 
hood regulate blood pressure 
in adulthood? 

Most school children with 
high blood pressure suffer 
from blood vessel resist- 
ance — the inhibited flow of 
blood through the vessels. 
While the genetic factor study 
might enable doctors to pre- 
vent or at least significantly re- 
duce the risks of the disorder, 
aerobic exercise such as 
swimming, biking, or running 
are proven combatants of 
high blood pressure. 

Enzyme discovery for 

allergy sufferers 

Since 1976, when he first de- 
veloped a technique to ob- 
toin human mast cells from 
lung tissue. Dr. Lawrence 
Schwartz, chief of the univer- 
sity's allergy and immunology 
section, has been studying 
what occurs when activated 
mast cells release various me- 
diators into lung tissue. Hista- 
mine, one such mediator, 
causes blood vessels to dilate 
and leak fluid into tissue, ap- 
pearing as a hive with local 
swelling and redness. 

Three years ago, Schwartz 
and collaborators discovered 
an unknown enzyme also re- 
leased by the mast cells. Tryp- 
tase, a protease, accounts for 
almost one quarter of the 
mast cell's total amount of 
protein; and Schwartz, 
piqued by this, has been 
studying the function of tryp- 
tase in a specially con- 
structed cold room, which 
maintains a temperature of 4 
degrees Celsius in order to 
stabilize the enzyme. 

Able to cleave or divide 
complex proteins possibly re- 
sponsible for bronchial restric- 
tion, tryptase may contribute 
to asthma attacks — perhaps 
to other diseases. Schwartz 
hopes to develop a test that 
will determine the presence 
and quantity of tryptase and, 
eventually, under what cir- 
cumstances a mast cell be- 
comes activated. Having this 
information, allergists could 
treat such diseases as 
asthma, rhinitis, and hives clin- 
ically. Presently, allergists rely 
primarily on observable symp- 
toms to diagnose the pres- 
ence of allergies. 

PKU prevention 

Dr. Barry Wolf, associate pro- 
fessor of human genetics and 
pediatrics, has labeled vari- 
ous symptoms — seizures, hair 
loss, rashes, infections — indi- 
cators of a genetic defect. 
PKU, a deadly disease affect- 
ing newborns, prevents the 
body from correctly ingesting 
biotin, a vitamin abundant in 
milk, liver, and egg yolks. 

Dispelling scientific belief 
that the body was unable to 
absorb biotin from food. Wolf 
discovered that the body, in- 
stead, improperiy recycles the 
vitamin. Biotin enables certain 
enzymes to function properiy 
which, in turn, allow vital 
chemical reactions, such as 
the cleansing of blood, to 
take place. If physicians de- 
tect the disorder eariy, they 
can arrest the problem by 
giving the infant large doses 
of biotin. 

Wolf, who believes the dis- 
order more common than 
previously thought, suggests 
through his discovery that a 

test may be developed to de- 
tect the problem in its incipi- 
ence rather than when the 
disease is in its advanced 

Engineering and 

medicine collaborate 

Patients with blood clotting 
problems benefit from the use 
of a filter-like trapping device 
developed by VCU surgeon. 
Dr. Lazar J. Greenfield, chair- 
man of the Department of 
Surgery. Called the Greenfield 
filter, it is designed to be stra- 
tegically placed in the vena 
cava to prevent blood clots 
from migrating to the heart 
and lungs where they could 
have serious, even fatal, con- 

First used 11 yeors ago at 
the University of Oklahoma, 
where Greenfield formerly 
taught, the six-sided, cone- 
shaped device can compress 
to one-fifth of an inch in 
diameter and expand to over 
an inch in diameter. The filter 
traps clots larger than an 
eighth of an inch in diameter, 
and the body's natural clot- 
dissolving processes begin to 
work on the clot. 

According to Greenfield, 
the idea evolved from his col- 
laboration vi/ith petroleum en- 
gineers in Oklahoma. He had 
been drawing on the engi- 
neer's techniques used in re- 
trieving broken drill bits from 
oil wells. He applied these 
methods to his attempt to re- 
trieve blood clots that lodged 
in lung vessels, resulting in the 
trapping device, 

Reye's syndrome studied 

A five-year, nationwide study 
involving 17 U.S. institutions on 
the treatment of comatose 
Reye's syndrome patients has 
begun under the direction of 
Dr. Wallace F. Berman, associ- 
ate professor of pediatrics at 

A specialist in pediatric 
gastrointestinal problems, Ber- 
man discloses that debate 
prevails concerning the use of 
barbiturates to prevent the 
brain swelling associated with 
Reye's syndrome. It is this issue 

that has demanded scientific 

Investigators in this major 
study will evaluate the neuro- 
logical and neuropsychologi- 
cal status of patients up to 18 
months after their illness. Re- 
searching problems with limb 
and body control, paralysis, 
and seizures, the study notes 
changes in intelligence, per- 
sonality, and behavior. In ad- 
dition, one of the participat- 
ing institutions, the University of 
California at San Francisco, 
will house a national tissue 
bank for Reye's syndrome. The 
bank stores tissue, blood, 
urine, and any available spi- 
nal fluid samples for future 
studies. VCU will also keep 
and analyze data obtained 
from the research. 

Marijuana and disrupted 

Using rhesus monkeys, re- 
searchers have produced 
conflicting reports concerning 
the withdrawal from THC, the 
active ingredient in mari- 
juana. Dr Patrick M. 
Beardsley, a postdoctoral fel- 
low at VCU; Dr Robert L. Bol- 
ster, associate professor of 
pharmacology and toxicol- 
ogy; and Dr Louis S. Harris, 
chairman of the Department 
of Pharmacology and Toxicol- 
ogy, admit the obvious with- 
drawal effects from alcohol 
and drugs, such as vomiting 
and seizures. Tests determin- 
ing the monkeys' capacity for 
work and food acquisition, 
however, may indicate subtler 
effects of withdrawal. 

Infusing THC on a continu- 
ous basis through catheters for 
ten days, the experiment cre- 
ated an exaggerated condi- 
tion of THC in the monkeys. 
Bolster distinguishes between 
physical dependence and 
the behavioral dependence 
the monkeys exhibited that 
manifested itself only after the 
infusions ceased. The mon- 
keys' ability to acquire food 
was disrupted. Now research- 
ers are studying whether ap- 
petite alone is affected or 
whether the effect has to do 
with the actual performance 
of obtaining food. 


Head injuries uncovered 

Doctors, in the past, have usu- 
ally had to base their knowl- 
edge about head injuries on 
conjecture. Damage to the 
soft structures, they thought, 
occurred instantly, and any 
information concerning 
head injuries they obtained 
came only from autopsies 
conducted days after 
an accident. 

Dr. John T, Povlishock, pro- 
fessor of anatomy, recently re- 
ceived a special award from 
the National Institute of Neuro- 
logical and Communicative 
Disorders and Stroke to dis- 
cover at what point brain 
cells are damaged during a 
head injury. His discovery sug- 
gests that damage to brain 
cells occurs not at the mo- 
ment of head injury but, 
rather, some 12 to 24 hours af- 
ter a contusion during which 
deterioration of brain cells 
takes place. 

According to Povlishock, 
vessels in the brain become 
abnormal not because of di- 
rect impact, but because of a 
substance released by dam- 
aged brain tissue. Vessels lose 
their normal responsiveness to 

blood pressure changes, 
which leads to permanent 
brain damage. The results of 
Povlishock's work could be 
used to reduce the chance of 
permanent brain damage. 
Specialists can then give im- 
mediate attention needed to 
arrest the progressive deterio- 
ration of brain cells. 

Health effects of caffeine 


Dr Joseph F. Borzelleca, pro- 
fessor of pharmacology and 
toxicology, believes that the 
reported adverse health ef- 
fects of caffeine and other in- 
gested methylxanthines have 
been exaggerated. 

Borzelleca has studied the 
effects of methylxanthines on 
reproduction for their poten- 
tial to create physical defects 
in utero and for carcinogenic- 
ity. He believes that methylx- 
anthines at the levels typically 
consumed do not appear to 
pose a threat to human 

Borzelleca recently orga- 
nized an international sympo- 
sium of experts in Vevey, 
Switzerland, to study the re- 
puted detrimental effects of 

Auto accident 


A team of researchers at VCU 
is investigating various factors 
contributing to fatal auto ac- 
cidents. According to Dr 
Frederick C. Haas, professor 
of business administration and 
management, the study con- 
centrates on Virginia and 
draws on information ob- 
tained from polls of American 
Motors, Chrysler, Ford, and 
General Motors. 

Despite the advances in 
automobile design and safety 
features that have reduced 
death rates in accidents, the 
number of fatal accidents re- 
mains high. Causes of fatali- 
ties include excessive speed, 
drinking and driving, and ve- 
hicle defects. 

Haas and Hong I. Chang, a 
School of Business graduate 
assistant, note that driver atti- 
tude, an important causal 
factor in speeding and 
drunken driving accidents, 
is one area in which little 
or no research has been 

New research on toxic 


The Virginia Environmental En- 
dowment (VEE] has awarded 
a challenge grant to VCU's 
newly formed Division of Clini- 
cal Toxicology and Environ- 
mental Medicine. The division, 
chaired by Dr. Philip S. Guze- 
lian, will be involved during 
the next three years in devel- 
oping research, clinical ser- 
vice, and education 

Research will focus in part 
on the development of 
methodologies that allow ex- 
perts to assess the damage 
caused by an individual's ex- 
posure to toxic substances. 
Staff in the division's clinical 
service will provide diagnostic 
help to physicians and treat- 
ment to persons who have 
been exposed to toxic sub- 
stances in the work place. 
Staff in the educational pro- 
gram will teach medical stu- 
dents and practicing physi- 
cians about the debilitating 
effects of certain environmen- 
tal agents. 

VEE, a nonprofit, indepen- 
dent organization, has 
awarded $3 million in grants 
since 1977 for the improve- 
ment of the environment. 



R. John Ackley, assistant 
professor of business educa- 
tion and office administra- 
tion, became president of 
the Virginia Business Educa- 
tion Association on Septem- 
ber 1. He also recently com- 
pleted a term as president- 
elect of the 1,000-member 
Association of Secondary, 
Post-Secondary, and Col- 
lege/University Educators, 

Charles P. Austin, director 
of computing and communi- 
cations services, has been 
elected chairman of the Ad- 
visory Council on Educa- 
tional Computing in Virginia 
for the 1984-86 biennium. He 
served as vice-chairman 
during 1982-84 and has 
been acting chairman since 
July 1983. 

Michael Ballweg has 

joined the university as sports 
information director for the 
Department of Athletics. 

Lynn Z. Bloom, professor 
of English, has been ap- 
pointed for a three-year 
term to the Committee on 
the Status of Women in the 
Professions, Conference on 
College Composition and 
Communication, She was 
also awarded a National 
Endowment for the Hu- 
manities summer stipend for 
1984 to work on a book on 
the history of American 

Robert H. Bohle, assistant 
professor in the School of 
Mass Communications, was 
one of 35 national profes- 

sional journalists and faculty 
who participated in a recent 
seminar on newspaper de- 
sign at the American Press 
Institute in Reston, Virginia, 
Bohle also recently won a 
National Teaching Award for 
Graphics and Design from 
the Poynter Institute in St. Pe- 
tersburg, Florida. He was one 
of eight university professors 
who received the award. 

Judith S. Bond, associate 
professor of biochemistry, 
has been named editor for 
two sections of the Archives 
of Biocliemistry and Biophys- 
ics. She has also been 
named associate editor of 
the American Journai of 
Physiology for which she will 
review articles on cell 

Joseph F. Borzelleca, 

professor of pharmacology 
and head of the Division of 
Toxicology, has been named 
a member of the executive 
committee of the board of 
trustees of the Nutrition Foun- 
dation Inc. of Washington, 
D.C. The foundation is a 
public, charitable institution 
serving academia, govern- 
ment, industry, and the pub- 
lic to advance science and 
public policy. 

James H. Boykin, Alfred L. 
Blake Professor of real es- 
tate, was one of 26 persons 
in North America invited to 
present a paper at the 1984 
Real Estate Valuation Collo- 
quium in Cambridge, Mas- 


sachusetts, this June. The pa- 
per was entitled "A 
Redefinition of Real Estate 
Appraisal Precepts and 

Chestina Brollier, assistant 
professor of occupational 
therapy, presented a paper 
at the 1984 Australian Asso- 
ciation of Occupational 
Therapists' Federal Confer- 
ence in Perth, Australia, this 
summer. Her paper was enti- 
tled "Managerial Leadership 
in Hospital-Based Occupa- 
tional Therapy." 

David Bromley, chairman. 
Department of Sociology 
and Anthropology, recently 
published The Brainwashing 
Deprogramming Controversy: 
Sociologicai. Psychoiogical. 
Legal and i-iistorical Perspec- 
tives (Edwin Mellen Press). 

Richard R. Brookman, as- 
sociate professor of pedia- 
trics, presented a Pediatrics 
Grand Rounds on "Psychoso- 
cial Emergencies in Adoles- 
cents" at Tufts-New England 
Medical Center last spring. 
He was also a guest faculty 
member for the Great Smokey 
Mountain Pediatric Seminar 
in June, lecturing on pedia- 
tric gynecology, adolescent 
sexuality, and general health 
care In adolescents. 

Maurice Duke, professor 
of English, has been 
selected Ship's Photojournal- 
ist for the reenactment voy- 
age of the Godspeed from 
London, England, to James- 
town, Virginia, next spring. 
The 68-foot square-rigged 
Godspeed was built in 
Jamestown to 17th century 
specifications. The original 
Godspeed was one of three 
ships that brought the settlers 
to the New World, where 
they established the first per- 
manent English settlement. 
Duke is a former newspaper 
photographer and has had 
experience in motion picture 

Gilbert W. Fairholm, asso- 
ciate professor in the School 
of Community and Public Af- 
fairs, 'presented a paper, 
"Power and the Administrative 
State," at a spring national 
conference of the American 

Society for Public Administra- 
tion, He also Is working on a 
book on the use of personal 
power in effecting changes 
in administrative status. 

Hans S. Faick, professor 
of social work, presented a 
paper, "The Functions of So- 
cial Work in the World 
Today," at the International 
Symposium on Social Work 
held in Solothurn, Switzer- 
land, this summer. 

Ben D. Gunter, professor 
of interior design, was made 
a fellow in the Interior Design 
Educators Council, Inc. at its 
annual meeting in Seattle, 
Washington, last spring. He 
has served the organization 
as secretary, president, and 
chairman of the board, 

J. Curtis Hall, dean of the 
School of Business, has been 
awarded the 1984 John Rob- 
ert Gregg Award in Business 
Education, The award is 
sponsored by the Gregg 
Division of the McGraw-Hill 
Book Company and is 
awarded to educators who 
make significant contribu- 
tions to the field of business 

Daniel M. Laskin, profes- 
sor and chairman of the De- 
partment of Oral and Maxil- 
lofacial Surgery, has been 
appointed to a three-year 
term on the National Institute 
of Dental Research Program 
Advisory Committee, 

Roice D. Luke, associate 
professor and chairman of 
the Department of Health 
Administration, was elected 
to the board of directors of 
the Association of University 
Programs in Health Adminis- 
tration(AUPHA) at its 1984 
annual meeting. 

Jay W. IVlalcan, assistant 
professor of administration of 
justice and public safety, 
has been nominated to the 
forthcoming edition of the 
Internationai Who's Who in 
Crime Prevention. Malcan is 
also chairman of the De- 
partment of Transportation 
and Public Safety's Task 
Force on Crime Prevention 
through Environmental 

James T. Moore, professor 
of history and chairman of 
the Department of History 

and Geography, has pub- 
lished "Origins of the Solid 
South: Redeemer Democrats 
and the Popular Will 1870- 
1900" in Southern Studies: An 
interdiscipilnary Journai of 
the South. 

Glenn R. Pratt, associate 
professor of philosophy and 
religious studies, presented a 
paper, "A Methodological 
Reintroduction to the Prob- 
lem of Guilt," at the annual 
meeting of the Society of 
Christian Philosophers at the 
University of Notre Dame. 

Louis F. Rossiter, assistant 
professor of health adminis- 
tration, was recipient of a 
U.S. Public Health Service 
(PHS) Special Recognition 
Award in ceremonies in 
Washington, D,C,, this June, 
Edward W, Brandt, Jr, assist- 
ant secretary for health. De- 
partment of Health and Hu- 
man Services, presented the 
award, Rossiter was em- 
ployed by the PHS as a re- 
search health economist be- 
fore joining the faculty of the 
university's Department of 
Health Administration, 

Warren R. Rule, associate 
professor of rehabilitotion 
counseling, has edited a 
book, Lifestyie Counseling for 
Adjustment to Disability, writ- 
ten for counseling profession- 
als, including rehabilitation 
and counseling psycholo- 
gists, family counselors, and 
social workers. 

Barbara Satterwhite, unit 
coordinator in the Joint Can- 
cer Clinic, recently pre- 
sented a paper, "Nursing 
Continuity and Roles in a 
Multidisciplinary Adult and 
Pediatric Cancer Clinic," at 
the ninth annual Congress of 
the Oncology Nursing Soci- 
ety in Toronto. 

Robert L. Schneider, as- 
sociate professor of social 
work, seived as Master 
Teacher during the 1984 
meeting in Detroit of the Na- 
tional Curriculum Institute in 
Gerontology held in conjunc- 
tion with the annual program 
meeting of the Council on 
Social Work Education. 

John T. Seyfarth, associ- 
ate professor of educational 
services, has received a 
grant from the Southeastern 
Regional Council for Educa- 
tional Improvement and the 
Virginia Department of Edu- 
cation to conduct a state- 
wide study of teacher incen- 
tives in Virginia schools. 

Karen W. Swisher, assist- 
ant professor of health ad- 
ministration, has been 
named to the Board of Gov- 
ernors of the newly created 
Health Law Section of the 
Virginia State Bar Associa- 
tion. Swisher is also executive 
director of the Virginia Den- 
tal Hygienists Association. 

Melvin I. Urofsky, profes- 
sor of history, received a 
$75,000 grant from the 
National Endowment for the 
Humanities to subsidize the 
collection and annotation of 
two volumes of The Letters of 
Louis D. Brandeis over the 
next two years. 

Paul R. vanOstenberg, 
associate director of the 
Ambulatory Dental Services 
Program, has been named 
first executive director of the 
American Association of 
Hospital Dentists. He 
opened a national office for 
the association in Chicago 
this summer. 

F. B. Wiebusch, assistant 
dean of continuing educa- 
tion in the School of Dentis- 
try, was awarded an honor- 
on/ fellowship in the 
Academy of General Dentis- 
try at its annual meeting in 
San Francisco. 

Class Rings 

If you failed to buy a class ring as 
a student, you can now order 
one. Rings for men and women 
are available in a variety of sizes. 
For more information and a price 
list, write for a ring order kit. If you 
graduated before 1968, please 
indicate Medical College of Vir- 
ginia, if appropriate, when order- 
ing a kit. The request should be 
mailed to 

Alumni Activities Office 

Ring Order Kit 

Virginia Commonweaitti 

Richmond, VA 23284-0001 



As alumni of Virginia Com- 
monwealth University you 
number 52,000. You have 
the talent and potential existing 
within you, both individually and 
collectively, to be a vital force in 
the advancement of your alma 

When I came to the VCU 
Alumni Activities Office as its di- 
rector in April, I immediately saw 
a need for emphasizing the word 
"activity." If we are to expect your 
support, your time, your energy, 
and your contributions to the uni- 
versity and still succeed in new 
programs — like our first 
phonathon this past spring — we 
need to offer you more activities. 

The alumni office has many 
events planned over the next 
year We wont to provide you with 
more opportunities to visit the 
campuses and to re-acquaint 
yourselves with the university. We 
want to draw on your expertise as 
individuals — graduates who have 
found their way in life after col- 
lege. You have something to offer 
future alumni of VCU as they plan 
their course schedules and think 
about their futures. We want to uti- 
lize your talentsi 

We will soon be initiating group 
travel for alumni. In future issues of 
the VCU Magazine, you will see 
announcements of trips we will be 
sponsoring to all parts of the 
world. In planning these trips we 

have tried to appeal to a variety 
of interests. Our deluxe trips will 
feature plush accommodations 
and sumptuous food; educational 
trips may spotlight anything from 
European orchitecture to music or 
theatre in a variety of countries; 
and our mini-trips will feature 
three- to seven-day excursions at 
very reasonable rates. 

Many of you have asked us to 
offer more VCU merchandise. In 
addition to the VCU chairs and 
class rings we currently offer, we 
are adding classic items for your 
home and office. Look for adver- 
tisements in future issues of the 

I am looking forward to an ex- 
citing year in VCU Alumni Activi- 
ties. But it will only be so if you 
keep in touch with us. You may 
contact either me at (804] 257- 
1227 or Teresa L. Thomson, assist- 
ant to the director, at (804) 257- 
1228, or Franklin B.Stone, 
executive director of the MCV 
Alumni Association of VCU at 
(804) 786-0434. Let us know what 
you are doing and how we may 
be of sen/ice to you. The university 
cannot improve without your ef- 
forts, so we in the alumni activities 
office are improving ours. 

Stephen C. Harvey 

Director, VCU Alumni Activities 

Do you have news about 
yourself for tfie VCU 
Magazine? Mail your up- 
dates to VCU Magazine, Alumni 
Update, 828 West Franklin Street, 
Ricf}mond, VA 23284-0001. 

Sometimes we do not get your 
information in the issue you 
might expect, but we make 
every effort to print your updates 
as soon as possible. Be patient, 
and look for your update in the 
next issue. 
Write to us. 


H. J. Lukeman (M.D.) has re- 
tired after 50 years practicing 


John P. Lynch (M.D.) has re- 
tired after 47 years practicing 
medicine. He has served at 
McGuire Clinic and as emeritus 
associate professor of medicine 
at the university since 1973. 

John T. Llewellyn (M.D.) has 
retired after over 44 years prac- 
ticing medicine. 


Herman J. Flax (M.D.) has 
been elected president of the 


President— J. Dale Bimson 

MCV Alumni Association of VCU 
President— Dr. George J. Oliver, Jr. 

VCU Alumni Association (Academic Division) 
President— J. Dale Bimson 

Medical Division 


Dr. Harry I, Johnson. Jr, 

Pharmacv Division 


L, Preston Hale 

Basic Sciences 
Division Chairman 
Dr, Hermes A, Kontos 

Business Division 
Marsha S. Shuler 

Education Division 


Robert A. Hamilton, Jr. 

Sociol Work Division 


Frank A. Sansone 

Dental Division 


Dr J. Wilson Ames. Jr. 

Nursing Division 


Dr Dorothy S. Crowder 

Allied Heolth Division 


John A. Booth 

Community & Public Affairs Humanities & Sciences 
Division President Division President 

Kathleen P. Sadler Dr, Roger A, Nicholson 

International Rehabilitation Medi- 
cine Association and was re- 
cently honored with the Profes- 
sional Achievement Award of 
the Association of Medical Re- 
habilitation Directors and Coor- 
dinators at its annual confer- 
ence in Orlando. 

Francis C. Johnson (M D ) 
has retired after 37 years prac- 
ticing medicine, 


Wesley A. Boatwright (D.D.S.) 
vi/as awarded a fellovi/ship in the 
International College of Dentists 
and inducted into the member- 
ship of the organization during 
the 1983 meeting of the Ameri- 
can Dental Association in 


W. Donald Moore (M.D.) has 
been designated president-elect 
of the North Carolina Academy 
of Family Physicians. 


Eleanor S. Carson (B.S. nurs- 
ing] has been active in commu- 
nity organizations in Florida, in- 
cluding the Fort Lauderdale Girl 
Scout Council and the Red 
Cross where she has helped es- 
tablish Red Cross service bran- 
ches in Hollywood and Pom- 
pano Beach. 


Dorothy Turock Burger (B.S. 
social work] has been coordina- 
tor of annual art and antiques 
auctions in New York City for the 
public television station WNET, 
Channel 13. 

Jeanne Ann Gill (B.S. social 
science] has been serving as di- 
rector of social sen/ices at Tri- 
City Hospital West in Oceanside, 
California, and is working on her 
doctorate in human behavior at 
La Jolla University. 


Frances Gasser Moore (B.S. 
nursing] was appointed to the 
Virginia Board of Nursing by 
Governor Charles S. Robb. 

Harley A. Tomey, Jr. (phar- 
macy] has served two four-year 
terms on the Staunton, Virginia, 
city council and two consecu- 
tive two-year terms as mayor. 



Edwinna May Marshall (B.S. 
applied science) is entering her 
26th year with Loma Linda Uni- 
versity in California where she is 
chairman of the Department of 
Occupational Therapy. 


Lawrence A. Bussard (M.S. 
social worl<) has retired after 35 
years serving as administrator for 
the Springfield, Illinois Depart- 
ment of Mental Health and De- 
velopmental Disabilities, During 
the years he was administrator 
he also served as superintendent 
of several mental health facilities 
in Illinois. 


Richard Lee Fisher (D.D.S.) 
has been elected to the town 
council of Brookneal, Virginia, 
for a term of two years after 
serving as acting mayor. 

Christine Krieger-Clayton 
Townsend (B.S. applied science) 
has retired after 20 years as co- 
ordinator of the Newburgh, New 
Yor1< Practical Nursing Program. 


Mitchell L. Easter (B.S. busi- 
ness administration) recently was 
named vice-president of Univer- 
sal Foods Trucking Inc., a subsid- 
iary of Universal Foods Corpora- 
tion in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 


Ramona S. Friend (B.S. nurs- 
ing) is part-time instructor in the 
associate nursing and medical 
terminology degree programs at 
Wythevllle Community College 
and in health services education 
at Grayson County Vocational 
School, Virginia. 

Sandra Madacey Ratcliff 
(B.FA. dramatic art) works as di- 
rector of photocomposition for a 
public relations firm in Arlington, 


Alfred M. Lewis (B.S. business) 
since 1982 has been manager 
of the underwriting department 
of the personal financial security 
division for Aetna Life and Casu- 
alty in Clearwater, Florida. 


Anne Dickenson Hayes 

(B.F.A. commercial art) is a 
member of the Virginia Water- 
color Society from which she re- 
ceived an exhibition award in 
1983. She also is area represent- 
ative in Newport News and 
Hampton for the Southern Water- 
color Society. 


H. Foster Hayes (B.S. business) 
has been promoted to treasurer 
of Commonwealth Propane Inc. 
in Richmond. 

Thomas E. Hovis (B.F.A. com- 
mercial art) works in the multi- 
graphics division of 3M Corpora- 
tion in McLean, Virginia. 

Richard L. Meador (B S busi- 
ness) was elected first vice-presi- 
dent of the Independent Insur- 
ance Agents of Virginia, Inc., for 
fiscal 1984-85. He is currently 
vice-president and treasurer of E. 
W. Barger and Company in 


Susanne Kilgore Arnold 

(B.F.A. commercial art) has re- 
cently participated in several art 
exhibitions, including the Irene 
Leache Biennial at the Chrysler 
Museum in Norfolk, the Second 
Street Gallery's juried drawing 
exhibition in Charlottesville, and 
the Tredegar Iron Works Exhibi- 
tion in Richmond. 

William R. Martin, Jr. (B.S. 
advertising) enters his 21st year 
with Lane Company, with re- 
sponsibility for advertising. 

Lowell J. Rosman (M D.) is a 
partner in the New Eng- 
land Neurological Association 
and the New England Rehabili- 
tation Association. 


Paul A. Gross (M.H.A.) has 
been promoted to president of 
the hospital division of Humana 
Inc. and to executive vice-presi- 
dent of the company. He as- 
sumes responsibility for the oper- 
ation of Humana's 89 hospitals 
in 21 states, England, Switzer- 
land, and Mexico. 

Susan J. VanPool (B.FA. fash- 
ion illustration) has joined the 
Washington Post as an artist af- 
ter ten years working as a 
freelance artist in California and 
Washington, D.C. 


J. Charles Dameron (B.S. ac- 
counting) has been elected 
president of the Rural Fellowship 
of the Virginia Annual Confer- 
ence of the United Methodist 

Joe Harris Woody (resident, 
opthalmology) represented VCU 
at the inauguration of Robert 
Lewis Albright as president of 
Johnson C. Smith University, 
Charlotte, North Carolina, last 


Stuart I. Goldman (B.S. ac- 
counting) has been elected 
president of the Maryland State 
Association of B'nai B'rith. 

Barbara Valentine Good- 
man (B.S. health and physical 
education) has initiated a pilot 
program for juvenile offenders of 
traffic laws through the Juvenile 
and Domestic Relations Court of 
Dinwiddle, Virginia. 

Virginia Meuschke Lohmonn 
(M.S. business) has recently com- 
pleted five years as teacher of 
business at St. Gertrude High 
School in Richmond. 

E. M. McDaniel, Jr. (M.D ) 
represented VCU at the inaugu- 
ration of Jimmy Raymond 
Jenkins as chancellor of Eliza- 
beth City State University, North 
Carolina, last spring. 

Judith Allen Shelly (B.S. nurs- 
ing) has had several books re- 
leased, including The Spiritual 
Needs of Cliiidren, a revised 
and enlarged Spiritual Care: Tlie 
Nurse's Role (which she co-au- 
thored), and Spiritual Dimensions 
of Mental Heaitt) (which she also 


Ann Hunt Leonard (M.S.W.) is 
serving part-time as a school 
consultant to Associated Catho- 
lic Charities in Baltimore, Mary- 

David J. Morris (B.S. recrea- 
tional leadership) was a dele- 
gate of the Church of the Breth- 
ren for the USA-USSR Citizen's 
Dialogue, Inc., during a trip to 
the Soviet Union last year 


Richard L. Atkinson, Jr. (M D ) 

has become associate professor 
of medicine and director of clin- 
ical nutrition at the University of 
California, Davis. 

Verlin W. Atkinson (B.S law 
enforcement; A. A. law enforce- 
ment, 1967) represented VCU at 
the inauguration of Thomas 
Cousar Stanton as president of 
Francis Marion College, South 
Carolina, last spring. 

R. Paul McCauley (B.S. law 
enforcement) was guest of 
honor at an annual Master's Tea 
and Dinner at Silliman College, 
Yale University, last spring. 

Donna Martin Pence (B.S 
nursing) returned to a full-time 
position as pediatric nurse prac- 
tictioner after two years in nurs- 
ing administration. 

Linda Flory Rigsby (B.M. mu- 
sic history) is practicing estate 
and trust law with McGuire, 
Woods & Battle in Richmond. 

Thomas E. Watts (M.S. distribu- 
tive education) marks 16 years 
as a business and vocational 
education teacher at Naples 
High School in Naples, Florida. 


Michael F. Byers (B.S. retail- 
ing) has been managing his 
own adjusting company in Spar- 
tanburg, South Carolina, for two 

Roy C. Hickman (B FA. inte- 
rior design) has been promoted 
to manager with West Point Pep- 
perell's carpet and njg division 
in Dalton, Georgia. 

Brenda Smith Jackson (B.S 
nursing) has received her Ph.D. 
in nursing from the University of 
Texas, Austin. 

Lon W. Keim (M.D., B.S. phar- 
macy, 1966) has been ap- 
pointed American College of 
Chest Physicians representative 
to the National Board of Cardio- 
vascular and Pulmonary Cre- 

Thomas J. McKittrick III (BS 
management) has been ap- 
pointed vice-president of Bank 
of Virginia. 

Leonard J. Mizerek (B.FA 
commercial art) has been run- 
ning his own exhibit design and 
advertising business in Connecti- 
cut for six years. 


Kathleen Allen Burleson (B S 

recreational leadership) is super- 
visor of recreation programs for 
New Rochelle, New York, and 
nursing home consultant for pa- 
tient activities in area programs. 
Barbara Cowan Gray (B F A 
interior design) recently has 
started her own design business 
in the Washington, D.C. area. 


Robert B. Harrison, Jr. (B.S. 
physical therapy) has been 
transferred to the Naval Re- 
gional Medical Center, Naval 
Air Station, in Jacksonville, Flor- 
ida, where he serves as a physi- 
cal therapist, 

Nancy A. Krause (B.S, ac- 
counting) has been promoted to 
corporate tax manager for A, H, 
Robins Company. 

Louise Jordan IVIiles (B.F.A. 
dramatic art and speech) re- 
cently returned from Singapore 
where she was an architect 
consultant for a mass transit sys- 
tem construction project, 

Jerry G. Overman (B.S. man- 
agement) has been promoted 
to second vice-president of the 
investment sen/ices division of 
Continental Financial Services 
Company in Richmond. 

Walter H. Scott (B.S. business) 
has been named publicotions 
manager and staff officer of the 
United States Jaycees in Tulsa, 
Oklahoma, location for the 
organization's national 


Lara Grimm Addison (B.S. En- 
glish education) recently com- 
pleted an endorsement in library 
science and serves as librarian 
for Richlands High School where 
she taught English for 11 years. 

Elizabeth Carroll Blackburn 
(M.Ed.) has retired after 30 years 
of service in education. She re- 
cently had been director of the 
program in nuclear medicine 
technology at Duke University. 

William J. Cohn (M.D) main- 
tains a private practice in Port 
Jefferson Station, New York, 
where he also serves with St, 
Charles Hospital and as clinical 
assistant professor at the medi- 
cal school of the State University 
of New York at Stony Brook. 

W. Ttiomas Jones (B.S. busi- 
ness administration) serves as 
controller for Rappahannock 
Wire Co., a division of Exposaic 
Industries, Mt. Airy, North 

O. K. Spence (B.S, manage- 
ment) has been named vice- 
president of administration for 
Cummins Atlantic Inc., a re- 
cently formed, $50 million com- 
pany with headquarters in 
Charlotte, North Carolina. 

A. Gary Sullivan (B.S. journal- 
ism) has been appointed a 
group communicator at ARMCO 
Corporate Communications in 
Middletown, Ohio, 

Emily Verloop Thomas (B S 

biology) has been appointed 
coordinator of the middle school 
computer program at Mc- 
Donogh School in Randallstown, 
Maryland, where for the past 
four years she has taught math 
and science. 


Cramer L. Bosw/ell, It. Col., 
U.S. Army (D.D.S.) has been as- 
signed to Ft, Gordon, Augusta, 
Georgia, to establish an ortho- 
dontic service to support Army 
dental training residencies. 

Lewis G. Hawkins (B.F.A, 
painting and printmaking) has 
been director of a school gal- 
lery in Potomac, Maryland, 
where he has entered several ju- 
ried competitions, 

Sandra G. Holland (B,S. jour- 
nalism) has been selected for 
membership Into Mensa. In ad- 
dition, she chairs the public rela- 
tions committee for the North 
Alamo City Business and 
Professional Women's Club in 
San Antonio, Texas, for 1984-85. 

Cherie A. Muerth (M.S.W.) is 
school social worker for the 
Walker County Department of 
Education in Georgia, seiving 
ten schools In the area. 

Arthur H. Taylor (B.S. psychol- 
ogy) has been promoted to ca- 
reer development coordinator of 
the Virginia Department of High- 
ways and Transportation. He will 
be transferred to the central of- 
fice in Richmond. 

Wayne G. Terry (MHA.) is 
deputy hospital director of the 
King Faisal Military Hospital and 
the Armed Forces Hospital of 
the Southern Region in Saudi 

Walter C. Wilson III (M.S. re- 
habilitation counseling) has 
been named systems administra- 
tor for the Virginia Spinal Cord 
Injury (SCI) System, based at 
Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation 


Robert F. Abernathy (B.S. 
business qdministration) has 
been designated a senior resi- 
dential appraiser, 

Frederick S. Arnold (M.D.) is 
board certified as a urologist in 
the U.S. Air Force stationed at 
MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, 

Bethann Vinick Kassman 
(M.S.W.) has been named devel- 
opment director for Virginia 
Health Maintenance Organiza- 

tion, Inc., a subsidiary of Blue 
Cross and Blue Shield of 

A. Felix Meyer (M.H,A,) re- 
ceived the Air Medal for Service 
for his efforts as senior Air Force 
medical officer directing all 
aeromedical evacuation actlvit/ 
during the Grenada rescue op- 
eration last year 


Charles K. Beck (BS ac- 
counting) recently joined Lincoln 
Savings and Loan Association as 
vice-president of operations. 

Marie Attiliis Bennett (MEd. 
counselor education; B.S, distrib- 
utive education, 1970) has been 
promoted to coordinator of stu- 
dent aid and benefits for North- 
ern Virginia Community College 
and has been elected to serve 
as representative-at-large to the 
national council of the National 
Association of Student Financial 
Aid Administration. 

K. Laurence Cortright (B.S. 
mass communications) is a fi- 
nancial planner in the Richmond 
office of Thomson McKinnon Se- 
curities, Inc. He previously had 
been an account executive in 
the Petersburg office of Wheat, 
First Securities, Inc, 

Kenneth O. Drees (MHA.) 
was named fellow of the Ameri- 
can College of Hospital Admin- 
istrators at its annual meeting 
this August in Denver. 

Eric M. Fehr (B.S. special edu- 
cation) Is a speech pathologist 
for Prince William County 

Juliana van Ophen Fehr (B.S. 
special education) has recently 
completed her graduate training 
In nurse-midwifery at George- 
town University and is opening 
private practice in Virginia. 

Mark Freilich (M.D.) has re- 
cently completed neurora- 
diology fellowship training at 
Yale University. 

Nina R. Graham (B.F.A. com- 
munication arts and design) has 
completed directing and editing 
a documentary film on Walt Dis- 
ney World, 

Henry Lowenstein (B.S busi- 
ness administration) has re- 
ceived his Ph.D. in labor and in- 
dustrial relations from the 
University of Illinois at Urbana- 
Champalgn. He Is assistant pro- 
fessor of management at the 
University of Illinois at Chicago 
and serves as associate editor 
of the Journal of Management 
Case Studies and vice-president 
of the Chicago Chapter of the 
Transportation Research Forum. 

Peter K. Senechal (M.D ) is 
serving in the U.S. Air Force as 
flight surgeon and family physi- 
cian for a fighter squadron in 
Upper Heytord, England, 

Janice C. Smith (BFA, crafts) 
is a designer of custom furnish- 
ings for an interior design firm in 
Rhode Island, where she fre- 
quently exhibits her furniture de- 
signs in local galleries, 

George S. Vozikis (MB, A,) is 
associate professor of manage- 
ment at the University of Miami, 

Christina H. Wigren (BFA 
communication arts and design) 
has been living and working as 
a freelance illustrator in Stock- 
holm, Sweden, Recently she has 
been working for advertising 
agencies In Nonway. 


Robert C. Albohm, Jr. 

(M.S.W.) is currently director for 
community mental health ser- 
vices of Schenectady County, 
New York. 

John E. Budzinski [B.S busi- 
ness administration and man- 
agement) recently joined Sim- 
plex Time Recorder as a 
production planner in Gardner, 
Maine, where he also has been 
working as a freelance writer 
and has had several articles 

James Y. Chau (B.S. chemis- 
try) has been serving as lieuten- 
ant in the U.S. Navy Dental 
Corps and recently was sta- 
tioned at the Naval Dental 
Clinic in Guam. 

Thornton D. Cline (B.M.E.), 
composer, violinist, and teacher 
in Nashville, Tennessee, recently 
released his first single In Chris- 
tian music. 

Jerry S. Durkowski (D.DS) 
has been stationed at Camp 
LeJeune, North Carolina, where 
he serves as regional consultant 
in operative dentistry for the U.S. 
Marine Corps. 

Bradley J. Ebersole (B.S. rec- 
reation) returned last year from 
an education study tour of the 
USSR and China. 

Sally A. Gravely (B.S. mass 
communications) has been 
made publicity director for 
Showtimers Community Theater 
in Roanoke, Virginia, 

Betty Hynson Hall (M.S. busi- 
ness education) Is chairman of 
the business department of 
Washington and Lee High 
School in Montross, Virginia, 
where she also teaches short- 
hand, word processing, and of- 
fice technology. She recently 


served on a U.S. State Depart- 
ment task force to revise busi- 
ness education competencies 
and was made a cliarter mem- 
ber of thie Gamma Lambda 
Ctiapter of Alptia Kappa 
Gamma Society International. 

Edward B. Mulligan (MS re- 
habilitation counseling) works in 
alcohiol services for ttie Depart- 
ment of Health In Newport 

Gary W. Roche (B.S. adminis- 
tration of justice and public 
safety) was named 1983 Officer 
of the Year for the Roanoke 
County sheriff's department. 

Thomas G. Snead (B.S. ac 
counting) has been named 
vice-president of finance for 
Bowers, Nelms & Fonvllle, a 
Richmond real estate firm. 


Ola A. Allen (B.A. history) hos 
been promoted to captain in 
the U.S. Air Force. She currently 
serves as transportation officer 
with the 401st tactical Fighter 
Wing at Torrejon Air Base In 

Kenneth L. Campbell (B.A 
history) received his Ph.D. In 
history from the University of 

William E. Clarke (M.Ed.; B.S. 
elementary education, 1975) has 
been licensed to preach and is 
now enrolled In the Master of 
Divinity program at Virginia Un- 
ion Theological Seminary. 

Leslie Begoon Curtin (B.S. so- 
ciology and anthropology) re- 
cently moved to Upper Voita 
where she serves as population 
officer tor the U.S. Agency for In- 
ternational Development. 

Anne E. Demmon (B.S. nurs- 
ing) recently completed her 
master's degree In nursing, spe- 
cializing in pediatric clinical 
nursing, from the University of 
California at Los Angeles. 

Wendy L. Reynolds (B.F.A. art 
education) Is currently running 
an advertising agency In Phoe- 
nix, where she has competed in 
local design shows and is a hot- 
air balloon pilot. 

Robert E. Rigsby (post-gradu- 
ate certificate, accounting; M.S. 
business, 1975) has been pro- 
moted to assistant controller for 
Virginia Electric and Power 

Richard F. Stearns (B.S. edu- 
cation) has completed his M.Ed. 
at Indiana State University. He is 
currently a computer program- 
ming Instructor at Parkland Col- 
lege in Champaign, Illinois. 

Carolyn Vibbert (B.F.A. com 
munication arts and design) is a 
freelance Illustrator in San 

Brian J. Waple (B.M.E.) re- 
cently received his commission 
In the U.S. Air Force and is serv- 
ing as air weapons controller at 
MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, 


Joseph B. Browning (B.S. 
mass communications) recently 
received his Master of Science 
In communications from Ship- 
pensburg University. 

Christine T. Davis (B.S. biol- 
ogy) received her Ph.D. In mi- 
crobiology and immunology 
from the IVledicai College of 
Pennsylvania, Graduate School 
of Medical Sciences. 

James M. Dunham (M.PA.) 
recently was named vice-presi- 
dent of sales at Riddick Com- 
munications Corporation, 

Victor E. Indrisano (Ph.D. psy- 
chology; M.S. clinical psychol- 
ogy, 1975) has accepted a 
Congressional Science Fellow- 
ship from the American Psycho- 
logical Association. He will work 
In a Capitol Hill staff position. 

Mary Desales McGowan 
(B.S. marketing) recently was 
promoted to regional manager 
for Hallmark Cards In Chicago, 

Keith R. Miller (B.S. adminis- 
tration of justice and public 
safety) setves as special agent 
In a career ladder program for 
the U.S. Department of Defense. 

Henry C. Schwartz (M.F.A. 
theatre) was selected to head 
the fashion design division of 
Washington University In St. Louis, 

Susan A. Smith (B.F.A. interior 
design) recently became senior 
interior designer for Hanbury & 
Co. in Norfolk, Virginia. 

Mark F. Suter (B.S. business 
administration and manage- 
ment) has been appointed 
manager, commercial develop- 
ment, for Philip Morris U.S.A. 

Susan Frith Tansey (M.Ed, ad- 
ministration and supervision; B.S. 
elementary education, 1974) has 
been appointed manager, em- 
ployee Involvement, for Philip 
Morris L' S.A. 

David Thickmon (M.D.) has 
completed a fellowship in ultra- 
sound, body computerized sono- 
graphy, and magnetic reso- 
nance Imaging at the University 
of Pennsylvania. He is also clini- 
cal professor of radiology at the 

Presbyterian Hospital of the Uni- 
versity of Pennsylvania Medical 
Benjamin I. Wainwright, Jr. 

(B.S. business administration and 
management) has been pro- 
moted to assistant vice-president 
in charge of EDP operations at 
the First National Bank of 

Bruce B. Williamson (B.S. busi- 
ness administration and man- 
agement) is a contracts and 
program administrator for Elec- 
troCom Automation, Inc., in 

Sheila J. Wilson (B.S elemen- 
tary education) serves as a 
Peace Corps volunteer in Libe- 
ria, West Africa, working as a 
reading specialist and teacher 


James D. Fox (M.S. adminis- 
tration of justice; B.S. administra- 
tion of justice and public safety, 
1974; A.A., 1973) is sergeant as- 
signed to the chief's office of 
the Henrico County Police Divi- 
sion in charge of internal affairs. 
He teaches at police acade- 
mies across Virginia and serves 
on the adjunct faculty at VCU. 

William H. Garbee, Jr. (M.Ed 
counselor education; D.D.S., 
1975) has been promoted to as- 
sociate professor in the Depart- 
ment of Community and Preven- 
tive Dentistry at Louisiana State 
University School of Dentistry. 

Patricia C. Hossard (M.S. 
mass communications) has been 
appointed to the 1984 Hospital 
Corporation of America (HCA) 
Public Relations Council. She is 
currently director of public rela- 
tions at Johnston-Wllils Hospital. 

E. Larry Holman (B.S. market- 
ing) recently was transferred to 
Richmond as field mari<etlng 
manager for Gallo Winery, serv- 
ing Virginia, Maryland, and 
Washington, D.C. 

Lynn Ely Hornsby (B.S. physi- 
cal therapy) Is senior orthopedic 
physical therapist at Georgia 
Baptist Medical Center in At- 
lanta, Georgia. 

Daniel E. Karnes (M.S.W.) has 
been appointed by the Roa- 
noke City Council to the board 
of directors of mental health ser- 
vices of the Roanoke Valley, He 
has been elected treasurer of 
the Virginia Council on Social 
Work for a second term. He also 
has been appointed by the Vir- 
ginia Medical Center for Salem, 
Virginia, to chair a task force to 
develop a program for area 
veterans suffering from post-trau- 

matic stress disorder. 

William N. Koch (M.FA. 
crafts; B.F.A. crafts, 1976) Is ac- 
tive in his own business of furni- 
ture design and woodworking In 
his Richmond studio, producing 
many pieces for homes, busi- 
nesses, churches, and public 

Anna Barbara Larson (MM 
music) recently published one of 
her musical compositions, "The 
Listeners," in Washington, D.C. 
She also conducted "Dance for 
Orchestra" with the McLean 
Chamber Orchestra this spring. 

Thomas J. Martinelli (M.D.) Is 
currently president of Crescent 
City Internal Medicine In 

Glenn P. Mirabello (BS. mass 
communications) has completed 
basic training in the U.S. Air 
Force at Fort Knox, Kentucky, 

Dennis K. Parrish (B.F.A. the- 
atre) has completed his associ- 
ate degree in religious educa- 
tion at Southwestern Baptist 
Theological Seminary. 

James R. Poliquin (M D.) is 
continuing his general surgery 
residency training at Eastern Vir- 
ginia Medical School in Norfolk, 

Barry L. Snead (B.M.E.) re- 
cently received his Master of Di- 
vinity from Southwestern Baptist 
Theological Seminary. 

Neil J. Wollman (Ph.D. gen- 
eral psychology) has had an ar- 
ticle published in the Journal of 
Analytical Psychology. 


William R. Boyd (B.A. religious 
studies) recently received his As- 
sociate of Divinity degree from 
Southwestern Baptist Theological 
Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Clinton N. Chadbourne 
(B.F.A. communication arts and 
design), formeriy chief of the 
public affairs division of Thule Air 
Force Base In Greenland, re- 
cently became chief of the 
public affairs division of the Air 
Force Orientation Group in Day- 
ton, Ohio. 

Gary D. Danoff (B.S. market- 
ing) has started an agency con- 
sulting firm for the software in- 
dustry in Silver Spring, Maryland, 

Bruce W. Hornstein (B.FA. 
communication arts and design) 
is co-owner and president of 
Pyramid Studios in Richmond, 

Lorry G. Hoyle (B.S. informa- 
tion systems) recently received 
his Master of Divinity from South- 
western Baptist Theological 


James M. Kirsh (B.A. Eng- 
lish) received i\^e Doctor of Os- 
teopatlny from Philadelphia Col- 
lege of Osteopathic Medicine in 

John L. Koehler (BF.A, com- 
munication arts and design) has 
started a business in design in 
the Washington, D.C. area. He is 
currently working on his M.F.A. at 
George Washington University. 

David S. Letien (B.S. business 
administration and manage- 
ment) has been named golf 
professional for Turtle Point Golf 
Club in Kiawah Island, South 

Sarah K. Parker (B.S mass 
communications) has been 
named director of advertising 
and promotions for Virginia Tex- 
tiles, Inc. 

John F. Porter (B.F.A. com- 
munication arts and design) has 
designed a book on the history 
of electricity which is distributed 
to high schools across the 

Joseph B. Warren (B.S. nurs- 
ing) presented two papers at 
the 15th annual meeting of the 
American Association of Neuros- 
cience Nurses in San Francisco. 

Carolyn Zedaker Weaver 
(B.S, information systems) has 
been promoted to programmer 
analyst for Badische Corporation 
in Williamsburg, Virginia. 


Mary K. Bovirling (B.F.A. com- 
munication arts and design) is 
currently art director for the 
Dixon Group in Norfolk, Virginia. 

Deborah R. Brodt (B.S.W.) re- 
ceived her M,S,W, in 1982 from 
Fordham University and recently 
was named hearing impaired 
specialist at Friendship House in 
New Jersey, 

Debbie E. Dodson (B,S. mar- 
keting) has been promoted to 
defense procurement specialist 
with the federal government in 
St, Louis, Missouri, 

Margaret Priddy Harrison 
(B,S, nursing) is currently educa- 
tion coordinator responsible for 
orientation, continuing educa- 
tion, and patient education for 
a new hospital in Fayetteville, 
North Carolina, 

Ernst M. Schubert (PhD, 
chemistry; M,S, chemistry, 1979) 
was appointed senior research 
chemist at Pharm-Eco Laborato- 
ries in Simi Valley, California, af- 
ter completing post-doctoral 
studies at the College of Phar- 
macy of the University of 

Stephen K. Slegrist (MS. biol- 
ogy; B.S. biology, 1977) recently 
received the Doctor of Osteopa- 
thy from Philadelphia College of 
Osteopathic Medicine. 

Jaron M. Terry (B,S, mass 
communications] has been ap- 
pointed director, marketing and 
community relations, of the Psy- 
chiatric Institute of Richmond, 


Dante Ciolfi (D,D,S,) maintains 
a private dental practice in Tuc- 
son, Arizona, and has been a 
member of a state dental asso- 
ciation committee and chair- 
man of a local dental society 

John G. Figura (MFA paint- 
ing and printmaking; B,F,A, 
painting and printmaking, 1977) 
is part-time instructor of design 
and drawing at Northern Vir- 
ginia Community College, He 
also maintains his own studio 
and recently conducted a one- 
person show at Anton Gallery, 

Richard C. McNeil (B,S, busi- 
ness administration and man- 
agement) has been promoted 
to commercial banking officer 
at Bank of Virginia in Rich- 
mond, assigned to the energy 

Patricia Ann Taylor (BS W) is 
a counselor at a juvenile facility 
of the West Virginia Department 
of Corrections where she also 
teaches drug and alcohol edu- 
cation courses, 

Richard H. Wineland (M.D ) is 
in his second year as family 
practice resident at the Univer- 
sity of Virginia, 

Elaine A. Wolfe (B,F A, fashion 
design) is working as executive 
assistant to the vice-president for 
finance at Chappell & Co,, an 
investment banking firm in San 


Michael Hamilton (BM E ) 

has been assigned as music 
and religious education worker 
in Grand Cayman, Cayman Is- 
lands, by the Foreign Mission 
Board of the Southern Baptist 

Karen A. Kendrick (MS, rec- 
reation; B,S, recreation leader- 
ship, 1972) is a VCU adjunct 
faculty member in recreation 
and has been appointed a 
member of the Governor's Coun- 
cil on Physical Fitness and 
Sports, She is also on the board 
of trustees for the Virginia Recre- 
ation and Parks Society, 

J. Brian Liggan (BS. market- 
ing) has received a sales and 
marketing award (Sammy) and 
a bronze award from the Board 
of Realtors in Richmond. 

Brian S. Moneymaker (B.S. 
mass communications) has com- 
pleted basic training in the U.S. 
Air Force at Fort Knox, Kentucky 

Gary F. Morris (M.S. commu- 
nity and public affairs; B.S. hu- 
manities and sciences, 1968) has 
been named field public service 
specialist with the Federal Com- 
munications Commission, serving 
as liaison with the public, local 
consumer industries, the media, 
and governmental agencies. 

Patricia Ann Taylor (B.S.W.) is 
employed as a counselor at a 
juvenile facility for the West Vir- 
ginia Department of Corrections, 
where she also teaches drug 
and alcohol education courses. 

Deborah Kay West (MBA.) 
has been promoted to vice- 
president of administration and 
operations at Creative Screen 
Print. She coordinates training 
programs and establishes new 
screen printing systems through- 
out the country, 

Debro A. Winter (B.F.A. fash- 
ion) has become a personnel 

specialist for the U.S, Army in 
Newport News. 

Mary O. Zoller (M.P.A.) has 
been named manager of pro- 
posal preparation in the market- 
ing division of Blue Cross and 
Blue Shield of Virginia, 


R. Steven Londes (B.S. mass 
communications) has become a 
staff writer for The Daily News 
Leader in Staunton, Virginia. The 
paper was formerly The Staunton 

Emily Perkins (M.S. occupa- 
tional therapy) is a staff occu- 
pational therapist in rehabilita- 
tion at Cedars-Sinai Medical 
Center in Los Angeles. 

Barbara S. Rettig (M.A.C.; 
B.S, accounting, 1978) has been 
promoted to management infor- 
mation officer for Bank of Vir- 
ginia in charge of analysis and 
planning for the bank card 

William J. Walsh (BS, informa- 
tion systems) is a programmer in 
the information systems depart- 
ment of Life of Virginia, 

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